Urban Logistics

The goal of the thematic group is to identify research priorities related to urban freight and logistics to improve the efficiency, sustainability and security of these activities. The thematic group will contribute to the definition of research programmes addressing the main stakeholders of the sector (cities, industry, retail, courier and parcel delivery companies logistics service providers), including Horizon 2020, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020 and the future Horizon Europe programme.

Additionally, we will support and promote the execution of Research & Innovation projects and initiatives contributing to the Roadmap vision and goals.

The scope of the thematic group is urban freight transport, defined as all movements of goods into, out of, through or within the urban and peri-urban areas, made by light or heavy vehicles, including:

  • Delivery of goods including e-commerce (B2C and B2B);
  • Service for construction transport logistics and demolition;
  • Shopping trips made by private households;
  • Reverse logistics for waste removal and returns management;
  • Service vans for maintenance, supply and removal of parts;
  • Dynamic and flexible use of urban space and voluntary data sharing.

Within this group, we run the Strategic Collaboration Group with POLIS (Network of Cities for Transport) which resulted in launch of the ALICE-POLIS Joint Guide for advancing together towards zero-emission urban logistics by 2030 (download the Guide).

  Urban Logistics Highlights

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Related news

ALICE is looking for a highly motivated project manager for the growing portfolio of R&I projects linked to urban logistics ALICE, the Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe[1] (www.etp-alice.eu) is a non-for-profit industry led association based in Brussels Read more
Physical Internet (PI) aims at facilitating structural collaboration across logistics and supply chain actors achieving more efficient transport and logistics and supporting its decarbonization in an affordable way. Physical Internet proposes to build open and universal standard processes and protocols Read more
ALICE will be at the Transport logistic in Munich from 9th to 12th May at the Trade Fair Center Messe München. Transport logistic is world’s leading trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management. Our stand is being Read more

Related events

ALICE online event to introduce the Transport Research Arena 2024 and how to ‘get engaged through ALICE ’ 28th of June 2023 – 15:00 – 16:00  If you are participating in a logistics research & innovation project or you are Read more
EU-funded research and innovation projects in the transport sector have played an important role in advancing innovations, accelerating digitalisation of the sector, reducing emissions and pollution, improving efficiency, and strengthening competitiveness. Although dissemination and exploitation have always been an important Read more
In the past few decades, the logistics sector has experienced revolutionary shifts in technologies, business models, policies and legislation facilitated by funded R&I projects. To acknowledge the achievements and inspire the logistics sector R&I community, ALICE launched the Innovation Award Read more

Related documents

Download the guide  ALICE and POLIS launch their joint guide for advancing together towards zero-emission urban logistics by 2030 – a milestone of the consolidated POLIS-ALICE Urban Logistics Strategic dialogue On 1 December 2021, at the POLIS Conference 2021, members Read more
Download the Roadmap In response to the Paris Agreement, more and more governments, associations, and businesses are setting bold climate targets. As set out in the European Green Deal, the ambition for Europe is to be the first climate-neutral continent Read more
  Download the document In response to the Paris Agreement, more and more governments, associations and businesses are setting bold climate targets. The European Commission presented the European Green Deal yesterday with the ambition for Europe to be the first Read more

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Liaised Projects


Key milestones

  • 2020 – Defining and assessing new opportunities and Business Models
  • 2030 – Efficient and automated distribution systems

Zero Emissions Urban Freight in main European Cities

Physical Internet pilot implementations well functioning and extended in industry practice

  • 2040 – Sustainable and integrated urban logistics in the city mobility system
  • 2050 – Zero Logistics Emissions




Alice Programme coordinator:

  • Yanying Li