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Promoting Sustainable Freight Transport in Urban Contexts: Policy and Decision-Making Approaches

Objective

Within a context of growing urban population, advances in urban logistics operations and improved local authority planning, especially in the field of the urban freight transport, can alleviate the associated negative environmental and economic impacts occurring in cities.
Several types of stakeholders are involved in such urban logistics management processes. Among them, freight carriers and shippers are interested in minimizing freight logistics costs in order to maximize their profits, while maintaining a competitive level of service to their customers. City administrators and residents are oriented towards a decrease in traffic congestion, social costs and environmental nuisances, even though they are often direct beneficiaries of high quality delivery services. This leads to a multitude of differing and possibly conflicting objectives that are involved in urban freight transport planning and decision making, yielding a high level of complexity. This provides a main motivation for the development of tools for helping decision makers to reach higher grades of efficiency.
Despite growing academic interest, the extent to which freight transport is acknowledged and formally considered in local authority transport planning varies considerably from country to country, and on a more local level, between towns and cities. As a result, policy development with respect to urban freight and city logistics is characterised by a rather fragmented approach, with many city authorities finding it difficult to address the complex set of differing views of a large variety of stakeholders.
The proposed project will be aimed at identifying local authority planning needs with regards to urban/city logistics activities and the necessary pre-requisites for inclusion of stakeholders in the process. Finally, the project will promote the knowledge transfer of methods and models through the conceptual development of a novel decision support tool (thanks to involved software houses).

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 99 000

Participants (9)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 54 000
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE EXTREMADURA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 31 500
Address
Avenida De Elvas Sn
06006 Badajoz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CITY OF BRADFORD METROPOLITAN DISTRICT COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
City Hall, Centenary Square
BD1 1HY Bradford
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
STOCKHOLMS STAD
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Stadshuset/redovisningsenheten
105 35 Stockholm
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
SHEFFIELD CITY COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Town Hall
S1 1UJ Sheffield
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
algoWatt SpA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 40 500
Address
Corso Magenta 85
20123 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SHAPING CLOUD LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Unit 11 Waulk Mill 51 Bengal Str
M4 6LN Manchester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KENTRO EREVNON NOTIOANATOLIKIS EVROPIS ASTIKI MI KERDOSKOPIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 40 500
Address
Proxenou Koromila 24
54622 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations