The NOVELOG Evaluation Tool formulates a multi-criteria multi-stakeholder decision making process, which facilitates the establishment and combination of objectives, performance criteria and indicators, and relevant weights to reveal stakeholders’ preferences.
The Tool is composed of 140 indicators that are grouped into seven impact areas of a life cycle-based sustainability framework. The goal is to promote and support the selection of sustainable measures/policies in logistics within urban areas. Each stakeholder selects the indicators that fit to each city case and perform a holistic assessment of the proposed measure/policy. Pre-defined weights stimulate the stakeholders’ engagement in the decision-making process and result in consensus building within each city.
The output of the Evaluation Tool is the integration of all indicators addressed in all impact areas, and the formulation of a Logistics Sustainability Index (LSI) for each measure/policy tested, to ensure accurate estimation of the solution’s sustainability. This LSI depicts not only the overall performance of the measure/policy implemented, but also the degree of objectives’ achievement and the possibility for further improvement.
The user may also use the Evaluation Tool to produce more specific results through the three embedded modules: 1) Social Cost Benefit Analysis 2) Transferability and Adaptability 3) Risk Analysis. Data collection and estimation are facilitated by the Impact Assessment Module, and the behavioral modeling. Useful guidance on corrective actions and further steps towards the formulation of a Sustainable Urban Logistics Plan (SULP) are also provided, upon user request.