LaMiLo (last mile logistics) – an INTERREG IVB North West Europe (NWE) project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) – aims to create a step change in freight deliveries by fully considering the ‘last mile’ of a supply chain when planning a freight logistics journey, ensuring a more efficient and integrated logistics approach throughout North West Europe (NWE). The project brings together experts from all sectors of the freight transport industry to change behaviour of private companies, the public sector and consumers to make better use of existing transport infrastructure and networks.
By utilising more environmentally friendly transport methods such as electric and other low emission fuel powered vehicles and wherever possible, encouraging the use of freight movement by rail and water, LaMiLo will also aim to reduce CO2 levels in city centres and freight hubs. This will help deliver economic, social and environmental benefits to both communities and businesses across the region.
An agent for change
Project partners from seven member states will explore current freight logistics practices in North West Europe, identifying challenges and opportunities to improve ‘last mile’ supply chains and encourage more sustainable transport methods. This will enable the project to quantify the carbon, congestion, noise and cost impacts on businesses as a result of late deliveries and redelivery of single van loads.
Simulating ‘last mile’ solutions
Through a series of practical pilot projects in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the UK, LaMiLo will look to stimulate more efficient and effective large scale ‘last mile’ logistic solutions. The project will also explore ways to help change the behaviour of target groups and improve public sector policy.
LaMiLo will share learning and best practice with other relevant projects and industry organisations as well as public planning and transport authorities to influence their future thinking. Knowledge will also be shared with private sector businesses to encourage innovation and sustainable economic growth. The project’s findings will influence the development of EU funding programmes for 2014-2020.