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Our Mission

To enable knowledge and understanding of urban freight distribution and service trips in order for cities to implement effective and sustainable policies and measures and facilitate stakeholder collaboration for sustainable city logistics.

Our Vision

Strengthened capacity of local authorities & stakeholders for sustainable policy making in Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning, by providing tools for managing the “implementation chain” (problem capture – decision – planning – testing – assessment – adjustment – implementation).

Sustainable Freight Policy, bringing improved understanding of cost effective strategies, measures & business models to reduce the carbon footprint of logistics operations in cities.

Our Focus

The NOVELOG project focuses on the enabling of knowledge and understanding of freight distribution and service trips by providing guidance for implementing effective and sustainable policies and measures. This guidance will support the choice of the most optimal and applicable solutions for urban freight and service transport and will facilitate stakeholder collaboration and the development, field testing and transfer of best governance and business models.

The objectives are set as follows:

•  To understand, assess and capture current needs and trends in Urban Freight Transport, revealing the reasons for failures in city logistics implementations and to identify the key influencing factors and develop future Sustainable Urban logistics scenarios.

•  To enable determination of optimum policies and measures, based on city typologies and objectives, link them to tailored business models and test and validate them.

•  To develop a modular integrated evaluation framework for city logistics that will portray the complexity of the life cycle of UFT systems and implement it to assess the effectiveness of the policies and measures.

• To incorporate the best fitting policies and measures in integrated urban planning and SUMPs, at local level, to facilitate and guide multi-stakeholder cooperation for improved policy making.

• To field test, implement and validate all the above, in selected EU cities, and demonstrate applicability and sustainability of the tools and ensure the continuity of the impacts by creating and establishing take-up strategies and roadmaps for the best city logistics solutions.



The key concept of the project is to initiate and enable city logistics policy formulation and decision-making as part of a city’s sustainable urban mobility planning, and to support implementation and take up of appropriate policies and measures. This will be achieved through guidance provision to policy makers, based on sustainable business and logistics models, and the facilitation of cooperative schemes and consensus among stakeholders.

The triangular pyramid depicts the interests and interactions among stakeholders. City authorities (policy makers) are placed on the top vortex, as the central stakeholders. Other stakeholders are grouped into shippers/receivers, logistics service providers (forwarders, operators) and society (citizens).

The pyramid edges represent the cooperative scheme of each pair of stakeholders, assuming “administrative and regulatory schemes and incentives” (Admin) and/or “cooperative logistics” (CoLog), which comprise the two mega-concepts under which all policies and measures addressed in NOVELOG are grouped. Consensus is placed at the centre of the pyramid, as it constitutes the main ambition of NOVELOG, which is pursued in each and every work package through building a communications and knowledge interchange platform, at various levels, concerning urban logistics.

Establishing a communication platform among cities and stakeholders will be pursued from the beginning of the work. This platform will enable collection of influencing factors of Urban Freight Transport (UFT) and the identification and collection of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and methods used for assessing the effectiveness of policies and measures for each stakeholder group. It will reveal stakeholder objectives, priorities and perceptions and future plans for UFT development; it will initiate an open discussion arena, to be evolved further to a common decision making process.

The performance of selected or tested policies and measures will be assessed through the integrated evaluation framework, based on stakeholder objectives, priorities and perceptions. The most appropriate, feasible assessment method will be employed by each city, depending on the city’s own characteristics, and multi-stakeholder multi-criteria decision making techniques will be elaborated and implemented, to estimate a Logistics Sustainability Index of the city’s UFT profile, based on life cycle impacts and societal costs. Practical guidance for including UFT policies and measures in the cities’ Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan will be drafted and specified, for the participating city cases and for selected NOVELOG network cities.

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