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

The second edition of the Urban Logistics Innovation Day took place on 4 June in Brussels, bringing together over 70 participants from cities, national governments, the European Commission, logistics service providers, and solution providers. Co-organised by ALICE and POLIS Network, Read more
The European Technology Platform ALICE (Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe) would like to announce its formal endorsement of the Manifesto for intermodal, low-carbon, efficient, and resilient freight transport and logistics. Co-initiated by SLOCAT and the Kühne Foundation in Read more
Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2024, held on 15-18 April in Dublin, Ireland, brought together over 4000 of the industry’s brightest minds to focus on advancing sustainable and inclusive mobility. Engaging sessions ALICE’s involvement at TRA 2024 spanned various activities, including Read more

Related events

Challenge Definition Returning large number of very small volumes is challenging due to the fragmented landscape and lack of digitalization of the associated processes (e.g. e-commerce returns). Additionally, the new EU rules to reduce, reuse and recycle packaging (Packaging and Read more
In the evolving field of urban logistics, sustainability and efficiency are paramount. On 6 May, ALICE’s Urban Logistics Thematic Group, in partnership with POLIS, held a webinar “Greening Urban Freight – Let’s be inspired: use of AI in urban logistics”. This Read more
About Urban Logistics Innovation Day 2024: Urban logistics plays an important role in cities. Urbanisation, business activities and change of lifestyles have increased demands on urban logistics, resulting in negative impacts, such as pollution and noise, traffic safety issues, congestion 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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TG5 past events, news and documents

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




Alice Programme coordinator:

  • Yanying Li