Category «Research»

Research: methodologies for impact assessment of on-site and off-site construction logistics

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Urban construction projects are essential in reducing the housing deficit of the latest urbanization trend. As such, construction projects contribute to more attractive, sustainable, and economically viable urban areas once they are finished. However, construction work and construction material flow activities cause severe negative impacts on the surrounding community during the construction process.

SEEV4-City key reports available

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The objective of the Smart, clean Energy and Electric Vehicles (EVs) for the City (SEEV4-City) project is to demonstrate smart electric mobility solutions, integrating renewable-energy sources, and encouraging take-up in cities. The SEEV4-City project key reports are available. Head to the publications page for the latest reports.

Obstacles to the adoption of electric vans in France and UK: an operator perspective

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Since the mid-1990s European urban freight transport has undergone several major changes with a direct impact on vehicle use patterns. These include freight vehicle downsizing and the dieselization of van fleets (light commercial vehicles or LCVs). Recently, a new possible trend has started to emerge, related to alternatively fuelled LCVs for reducing air pollution emissions …

ULaaDS: Urban Logistics as an on-Demand Service


Last week the EU project ULaaDS (Urban Logistics as an on-Demand Service) was launched. ULaaDS brings together 24 partners, including city authorities, research institutions, industry and logistics stakeholders, associations, and networks to support the deployment of innovative, feasible, shared, and zero-emission solutions across a three-year period.

Lockdown did not reduce PM2.5 air pollution in Scotland

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The significant reduction in vehicle journeys during the COVID-19 lockdown did not reduce the level of toxic fine particles in Scotland’s air, according to experts at the University of Stirling. Analysis of fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) in the first month of restrictions found little change despite a 65 percent reduction in the number of …

Research: multi-objective approach for optimizing city logistics considering energy efficiency

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The urban population increase results in more supply chain operations in these areas, which leads to increased energy consumption and environmental problems. In a new paper, about a multi-objective approach for optimizing city logistics considering energy efficiency the authors describe an optimization model of a multi-echelon collection and distribution system, focusing on downtown areas and …

How are consumers using collection points? Evidence from Brussels

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Environmental assessments of e-commerce often focus on the last mile. Collection points are considered more beneficial than home delivery but this largely depends on how consumers’ collection trips are organized. Because this information is lacking, our objective is to find out how consumers make use of and travel to collection points by means of a …