Four steps towards sustainable city logistics using new cooperative business models

About the project

The innovative NOVELOG project provided guidance to 12 cities and regions on how to implement sustainable urban freight transportation (UFT).

Known as ‘New Cooperative Business Models and Guidance for Sustainable City Logistics’, NOVELOG enabled cities to put sustainable policies and measures in place via four simple steps:

  • Understand the UFT environment;
  • Focus on the most suitable measures and policies;
  • Assess these measures; and,
  • Guide stakeholders for effective implementation.

For Athens (Greece), Barcelona (Spain), Copenhagen (Denmark), Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy), Gothenburg (Sweden), Graz (Austria), London (UK), Mechelen (Belgium), Pisa, Rome, Turin and Venice (all Italy), the goal was to become more sustainable and liveable.

Through six pilots and seven case studies, NOVELOG helped all these cities and regions to design, develop and demonstrate their UFT measures and policies. The specific objectives were:

  1. cost-effective, eco-friendly measures and business models;
  2. increased load factors and reduced vehicle movements;
  3. optimised governance and stakeholder co-operation in urban distribution; and,
  4. strengthened capacity of local authorities and public and private stakeholders for sustainable policy-making and mobility planning (using Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans).

Find out more about the lessons learned in the project on p.25 - p.27 of the publication CIVITAS RIA

Find more in-depth information on the lessons learned in NOVELOG on p.25 - p.27 of the publication CIVITAS Research Projects - Lessons Learned - 2015-2018.


Fast Facts

June 2015 - May 2018

Project duration

28 partners

Project partners

€ 4,413,842

Project funding

Knowledge Bank

Thematic areas

Clean & energy-efficient vehicles
  • Electric vehicles
Urban logistics

Integrated & inclusive planning
  • Spatial planning / land-use planning
  • Multimodal hubs
  • Cooperation of policy fields and institutional stakeholders
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans - SUMP
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