Rotterdam Smart Logistics

Rotterdam Smart Logistics

The city of Rotterdam, like other cities, will have to deal with a zero emission zone in 2025. What is the role of the government in this?

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The city of Rotterdam, like other cities, will have to deal with a zero emission zone in 2025. This will have consequences for the accessibility of the city. Not only for people mobility, but also for logistics. Electrification of vehicles is of course a priority in order to achieve the zero emission targets. In addition, however, the smart combination and robotisation of loads, the optimal loading of vehicles and cooperation in the sector also make a positive contribution to the achievement of the targets. Self-driving vehicles (which have almost always been electrically powered) will have a positive impact (also taking into account the growth in urban distribution and the shortage of drivers). The big question here is what is the role of the government in this, in addition to setting up an emission zone and developing policy around, for example, window times for urban distribution?

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Arjen Rodenburg



Arjen Rodenburg


<h3>What we do</h3>
<p>In order to keep such a pilot manageable, we proposed to initially focus on a pilot with delivery robots. The central question is whether delivery robots contribute to zero emission urban distribution. The idea is to look primarily at the delivery from a logistics hub to a group of retailers in a well-organised area. It is important that the existing logistics parties are also involved and inspired. With this in mind, a number of steps have been proposed. Organising a stakeholder meeting with the above parties was one of them. In addition, the development of several use cases and choosing one of these as a basis for further development is part of the project. A project plan and subsidy application will be drawn up and submitted for the chosen use case.</p>
<h3>Why we do it</h3>
<p>Rotterdam will have to deal with a zero-emission zone in 2025. This means that all transport in and out of the city must not run on diesel. This will have a major impact on inner-city logistics, as there is now a lot of use (especially by SMEs) of vans and trucks. By then, these vehicles will be considered too polluting, which means that a smart solution will have to be found for inner-city logistics.</p>
<p>By designing the Rotterdam Smart Logistics project, in cooperation with the municipality of Rotterdam and local entrepreneurs, we hope to contribute to this smart solution. On the one hand we want to keep the city of Rotterdam accessible and on the other hand we want to meet the entrepreneurs of this world in their forced need for further development.</p>
<p>Municipality of Rotterdam</p>
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