Special Issue "Sustainable City Logistics and Innovation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2021) | Viewed by 35365
2. Università degli Studi Roma Tre (Italy)
Interests: sustainable urban freight transport planning; advanced discrete choice modeling techniques; behavior change in transport
Interests: sustainable transport; city logistics; urban freight; policy acceptability; behavioural analysis; stakeholder engagement; stated preference; choice experiments; discrete choice modelling
Interests: participatory transport planning; decision-support methods; simulation models for passenger and freight transport policy-making
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We are launching a call for papers focused on ways to achieve city logistics sustainability via innovation. Urban freight transport (UFT) is responsible for 25% of urban transport-related CO2 emissions and 30 to 50% of other transport-related pollutants (ALICE/ERTRAC, 2015). Given that curbing mobility is not an option, reaching the goal of essentially CO2-free city logistics in major urban centers by 2030 (EC, 2011) will not be possible without any substantial innovation in UFT. Innovation can be conceived at different levels: Technological, policy, and governance. Innovation can also play a role in promoting more sustainable behavior (EC, 2011). It should address changing UFT patterns due to emerging trends like teleworking, aging population, more densely populated urban areas, and e-commerce growth (ALICE/ERTRAC, 2015).
The aim of this Special Issue is to collect high-quality papers focused on any type of innovation in the field of city logistics, aimed at acting on the three dimensions of sustainability, fostering UFT decarbonization, reliability, and safety. Contributions can be methodological, policy-oriented or related to industry-led innovations. Research should evaluate the potential impacts of innovations, how they will influence urban freight, and how to best take advantage of them. It should aim at increasing industrial competitiveness in transport, promoting smart mobility and clean transport in line with the new directions of Horizon Europe’s area of intervention in climate, energy, and mobility.
A non-exhaustive nor binding list of possible topics of interests is reported below:
- Behavior change in freight transport: The role of incentives and gamification;
- Shared mobility for passengers and freight (e.g., crowdshipping, pro-active demand-responsive transport service and network management);
- Tools and assessment methods for evidence-based decision-making;
- Policy-making oriented toward more efficient and dynamic use of urban space;
- Collaborative logistics schemes;
- Connectivity and automation in freight transport;
- Physical Internet for open and integrated logistics;
- Intelligent and dynamic access regulation (e.g., geofencing) and parking management (e.g., smart e-charging);
- Smart city logistics, evolution of logistics hubs and networks;
- New business models associated to smart urban logistics.
ALICE/ERTRAC (2015). Urban Freight research roadmap. Available at: http://www.ertrac.org/uploads/documentsearch/id36/ERTRAC_Alice_Urban_Freight.pdf
EC - European Commission (2011). White Paper. Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system. COM(2011) 144 final
Dr. Edoardo Marcucci
Dr. Valerio Gatta
Dr. Michela Le Pira
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Smart city logistics
- Clean urban freight transport
- Dynamic use of urban space
- Collaborative logistics
- Shared mobility
- Connectivity and automation
- Physical internet
- Evaluation tools