As cities grapple with new challenges in urban freight and deliveries, the CIVITAS Urban Freight conference looks at the future of urban logistics — with insight from TM 2.0.

The CIVITAS Urban Freight Conference was held on 23 & 24 April 2018 under the patronage of the projects CITYLAB, NOVELOG, SUCCESS, and U-TURN.  This interactive event included presentations, posters and exhibitions, and breakout and training sessions on new cooperation models for engaging and supporting public and private actors, addressing more broadly what the future might hold for urban logistics. Other points of discussion included  stakeholder cooperation, policy and regulation, freight planning, the role of technology, and data collection and management.

The event featured interactive dialogue with stakeholders from the United States, including the US Department of Transportation, who is currently partnering with the European Commission as part of the Urban Freight R&D Twinning Initiative. ERTICO’s Lina Konstantinopoulou gave a presentation on TM 2.0 as a new governance model for sustainable urban logistics, focusing on the preliminary report results of the TM 2.0 task force on hinterlands that will see publication during the ITS World Congress in Copenhagen.

The sustainability of urban logistics is an important issue for rapidly growing cities. Large e-commerce players as well as various start-ups now view last mile services as a key comparative advantage against their competitors. Many cities have developed strategies to move people more safely and efficiently , but much less attention has been paid to the transport of goods, resulting in competition for traffic lanes and parking spaces. The exchange of traffic management data between traffic managers and service providers, a concept developed by the ERTICO platform TM 2.0, can enhance logistical efficiencies by better insight into highly congested delivery areas.