Meet the Partners

There are six partners from four countries in the North Sea Region sharing knowledge and exchanging experiences regarding smart hubs and sustainable logistics in smaller and medium-sized cities.

1 The Province of Drenthe, the Netherlands

Drenthe is working on a concrete business case for developing a regional urban logistics hub by stimulating partners within the triple helix to work on tangible and innovative solutions and pilots, including the involvement of local and regional SMEs. The Province of Drenthe is Lead Beneficiary for Surflogh and is responsible for project management and communicating results to a wider audience.

2 City of Groningen, The Netherlands

Within the Surflogh project Groningen can learn from other cities and expose the knowledge and experience of city logistics hubs in Groningen. We will bring all the stakeholders in the Surflogh partners regions/cities together in innovation labs to learn from past experiences and find  new solutions for the future!

Maximising efficiency while minimising adverse spatial impacts is key, but emissions are a major and growing concern in our cities as well. In 2014, 54 parties in the Netherlands including municipalities, transporters, shippers, car manufacturers and research institutes signed the Green Deal Zero Emission City Logistics. Groningen as one of the signatories aims to achieve as much as possible emission-free city logistics by 2025.

3 South East Scotland Transport Partnership, Scotland

SEStran wants to share best practice with other Interreg regions, to develop innovations via transnational cooperation that will both benefit Scotland, and the rest of Europe.

During the project, SEStran wants to make progress in developing and promoting more sustainable freight transport logistics through the development of logistics hubs to facilitate the introduction of more sustainable urban modes. SEStran are leading on the work package Mapping of Freight Flows. Together with Napier Transport Research Institute (TRI) we will develop business models for urban freight hubs. This work package will work closely with Mechelen Stad. These business models will focus on the scalability and applicability of models for different locations and circumstances. Practical lessons and insights from our work package will be published via case studies.

4 Napier Transport Research Institute, Scotland 

Napier Transport Research Institute(TRI) will support  SEStran with research tasks and jointly develop business models for urban freight hubs. Napier University is the knowledge partner for freight flow analysis and other key questions arising from the city labs, development of sound business models and pilots for the Surflogh consortium. 

5 City of Mechelen, Belgium 

By participating in Surflogh, the city of Mechelen has the ambition to achieve:a sustainable improvement of the first and last mile transport movements;  decrease of transport movements; optimization of data models; strengthening and broadening of the stakeholders network; improvement of air quality, reduction of CO2 emissions and noise.

 We want to achieve this by focusing on the following pilots: 

  • Development of a network of locker consolidation 

  • Installation of an app for regulating loading and unloading zones, which also provides data to optimize urban freight

  • Consolidate and optimize existing city hub (cooperating with bike couriers and stimulating electric transport).

    The city believes in the added value of European cooperation and has prepared its administrative processes to cope with European projects most efficiently. Mechelen is also leader of the work package 5: freight hubs in practice – pilots. We will closely follow the pilot projects in the different partner cities/areas and will encourage knowledge exchange and stakeholder involvement.

6 City of Boras, Sweden 

Boras City is leading the work package Pilots and also run a pilot on last mile delivery. The city has an existing E-commerce platform between companies, municipality and education systems which actively participate in the City Labs. The pilot will realize sufficient, economically viable and efficient logistics to and from industrial development sites outsie a city centre and develop last mile connections.