Surflogh in Extra Time – a project extension
The SURFLOGH project has shown, with tangible results, that smart and sustainable urban logistics can be a powerful contributor to the improved quality of city life. Since 2017, the project partners have successfully collaborated to develop, implement and share smart and sustainable solutions with public and private parties concerned with urban logistics.
Tackling the conundrum
The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions linked to it, have exposed the urgent need for more, tailor-made inner-city logistics services and a restructuring of co-operations between all stakeholders.The livability of our cities depends largely on improved air quality, noise reduction, suitable accessibility and road safety. How can we benefit from the advantages of city life - entrepreneurs and citizens alike - and continue to receive goods and parcels? SURFLOGH is tackling this conundrum.
Testing, testing, testing
The Province of Drenthe, the South East Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran), Napier University and the Cities of Groningen, Mechelen and Boras have been testing a wide range of sustainable transport solutions to improve the city logistics puzzle in medium sized cities in the North Sea Region by:
Collaborating with service providers and retailers
Developing city hubs and locker services
Stimulating the wide-scale use of electric vehicles and cargo bikes.
The SURFLOGH partners have used this collaboration to inform a large group of public and private stakeholders and to gain their commitment to concrete, sustainable initiatives. Now, with a targeted 18 month project extension, we are able to expand the scope of the project and contribute to some of the new and urgent challenges that have emerged during the course of the current project. SURFLOGH will now:
Set up eight new and innovative pilots (incl. drone deliveries, deploying autonomous vehicles etc.)
Update the business model framework
Align the current SURFLOGH logistics roadmaps in an open innovation initiative in the City of Perth
Proactively disseminate all results contributing to zero-emission urban logistics.
Understandably, the SURFLOGH partners are very encouraged and highly motivated by the new opportunities offered through the project extension. We aim to keep all stakeholders engaged and up-to-date, so be sure to follow progress on the project webspace or follow us on Twitter and LinkdIn.