Incubating zero-emission logistics in living laboratories in order to reduce the impacts and costs of freight and service trips in urban areas

About the project

The objective of the CITYLAB project was to develop knowledge and solutions that result in the roll-out, scaling up and further uptake of cost-effective strategies, measures and tools for zero-emission city logistics.

In a set of seven Living Laboratories (“Living Labs”), promising logistics concepts were implemented, tested and evaluated, and the potential for further roll-out and upscaling of the solutions investigated and explained.

The Living Labs brought together citizens, governments, industry and research partners to co-design and co-create new policies, regulations and actions.

The participating cities were Rotterdam/Amsterdam (the Netherlands); Brussels (Belgium); London (United Kingdom); Oslo (Norway); Paris (France); Rome (Italy); and Southampton (UK).

CITYLAB focused on four areas requiring intervention: highly fragmented last-mile deliveries in city centres; inefficient deliveries to regular recipients of large deliveries (e.g. businesses) and public administrations; urban waste, return trips and recycling; and logistics sprawl.

A series of measures encompassing these fields were tested, evaluated and rolled out in the seven Living Labs.

Find more in-depth information on the lessons learned in CITYLAB  on p.22 - p.24 of the publication CIVITAS Research Projects - Lessons Learned - 2015-2018.


Fast Facts

May 2015 - April 2018

Project duration

24 partners

Project partners

€ 3,979,998

Project funding

Knowledge Bank

Thematic areas

Urban logistics
  • Urban freight transport plans
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