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Free European conference: The future of last mile logistics

Logistics experts, policy makers and academics are invited to debate solutions which will make last mile deliveries more efficient and sustainable at the LaMiLo final conference on 24 June 2015, Brussels, Belgium.

Delegates will hear how, an EU-funded project, LaMiLo (Last Mile Logistics), is exploring solutions to improve deliveries to businesses, the public sector and consumers in cities across North West Europe (NWE). Through a number of innovative pilots, project partners have measured the environmental impacts of last mile deliveries and have engaged with private and public sector organisations, as well as end users, to understand how to help influence their behaviour to adopt more efficient and sustainable practices.

Ian Short, Chief Executive at the Institute for Sustainability in the UK and LaMiLo lead partner comments: “While most organisations work to improve their delivery supply chains to large retailers, many do not focus on ‘last mile’ deliveries to homes or smaller shops. Freight vehicles typically represent 8-15% of total traffic flow in urban areas and, when they park to make collections or deliveries, they often reduce road capacity and contribute to congestion.

"By demonstrating the environmental, economic and social benefits of consolidating deliveries, LaMiLo is encouraging the use of more innovative approaches and technologies. LaMiLo pilots across Europe have had considerable success in demonstrating the positive impact these changes can make to quality of life and the environment, but crucially also to operating costs.” 

The conference includes perspectives from all sectors on delivering sustainable logistics, how ICT technologies can enable more efficient and smarter deliveries in the city and how policy can support this across NWE and beyond. The discussion will focus on:

  • addressing the barriers and challenges to achieving efficient last mile logistics  
  • reducing noise, congestion and emissions from local deliveries 
  • changing the behaviour of private companies, the public sector and consumers
  • improving the environmental, financial and social sustainability of urban logistics

Pascal Smet, Mobility and Public Works Minister for the Brussels Government and a speaker at the conference, said: “Finding solutions to manage the last mile of deliveries that work for businesses, consumers and the environment requires an integrated understanding of transport, environmental and socio-economic aspects to arrive at sustainable solutions. The quality of life in the city of Brussels is an important topic for us; that means finding ways  to ensure less noise, less cars, and  less pollution. Through better air quality, we achieve better quality of life and this project is a very good example of what you have to do in order to succeed that. ”

Speakers include Henriette van Eijl, Policy Coordinator, Innovative and Sustainable Mobility, DG-MOVE and Dr. Tom Cherrett, Associate Professor, Transportation Research Group, Southampton University.

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