Living, working, relaxing and learning are intertwined in today’s cities in almost every place and at any time of the day. The same also applies to the supply of shops and catering establishments, the supply of offices and institutions, the supply of construction and renovation materials and all return flows, ranging from unwanted products to waste and home deliveries.

Expectations have increased (being able to get everything anywhere, anytime, direct home delivery of internet orders), while the nuisance of supply traffic is tolerated less and less (congestion, safety, emissions, liveability). Because of urbanization there is an increasing battle for the available space, how it is used and by whom and when. This also puts pressure on the logistics system.

Therefore, A new form of (city) logistics must be found, which is aimed at doing more with fewer logistics movements and with fewer emissions. We can do this by organizing (city) logistics differently and smarter.

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Smart logistics

Organizing (city) logistics differently requires more cooperation between businesses, government and consumers. This happens, for example, within Green Deal Zero Emission Urban Logistics (GDzes). Within GDzes it has been agreed that the city centers will be supplied emission-free in 2025. This anticipates European legislation that states that only emission-free vehicles can enter the city in 2050. The aim is to reduce CO2, NOx and particulate emissions, as a result of city logistics, to zero and to limit traffic noise.

Recent years show that the use of city centers by supply traffic continues to intensify and that supply is also spreading over a larger part of the city (center). Residents, however, want not only a high level of service and mobility, but also peace, space and a healthy living environment. In addition to emission-free logistics, the use of space and the impact on public space through loading and unloading traffic in city centers, is at least as important.