Sustainable city logistics require new solutions
Freight transport is key to the smooth running of a city. Without it, our cities would not function. The freight transport industry adapts quickly to new trends such as e-commerce and on-demand consumerism, but these can cause additional problems when not considered with a focus on sustainability – increasing distances driven and number of vehicles on the road, and also creating unsustainable working conditions for delivery companies.
Introducing innovations in city logistics and making it more sustainable requires cooperation between a wide range of partners as well as new business models and technologies. Solutions include new vehicles, new procurement/purchasing models, new consolidation solutions, new hub services, new production models (e.g., so that goods are produced “close-to-home”), new software solutions for optimizing freight, new solutions for managing loading/unloading, etc. Introduced in the right way, innovations and new ways of working can help support decarbonization of the transport system and more livable urban spaces, tackling the challenges that freight transport can cause in our cities while still delivering our goods to us.