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Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works Lydia Peeters opened the VIAVIA Sustainable Urban Logistics event in practice in Log!Ville.

The pressure on the quality of life and accessibility of cities is steadily increasing, with logistics traffic having a substantial impact. Initiatives to tackle this problem are gaining momentum, as evidenced by the innovative STRAUSS project in which several universities, fourteen companies and four Flemish cities work together.

The project, initiated by VIL in collaboration with the University of Antwerp, Hasselt University and KU Leuven, focuses on optimizing four critical logistics flows within the city: waste collection, construction logistics, catering deliveries and home grocery deliveries. “By using advanced algorithms, we can plan logistics routes and times in such a way that the impact on the urban environment is minimized,” explains a VIL researcher.

These algorithms are specifically designed to take into account local urban measures such as car-free zones and specific loading and unloading locations. This makes it possible to fine-tune logistics operations based on city regulations and physical limitations. The impact of these measures is also accurately evaluated, so that cities have concrete data to further optimize their policies.

Yannick Fabbro, traffic manager of the city of Hasselt, emphasizes the importance of the project for urban policymakers: “With the insights from STRAUSS we can develop policy measures that not only reduce traffic pressure but also tackle harmful emissions. It is crucial that we understand how future measures will play out.”

The collaboration within the project is also remarkable. In addition to the academic partners and cities, various companies such as André Celis Building Materials and Horeca Logistics Services are involved, all of which advocate a data-driven approach to city logistics. This collaboration is an example of how the public and private sectors can innovate together.

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Lydia Peeters
Photo: Lydia Peeters - Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works

Climate and environmental problems place increasing pressure on society to join forces and deal more sustainably with the world we live in. Sustainability is therefore becoming increasingly important to the government, consumers and companies. The logistics sector, which is prominent in Flanders, will also have to do its part.

It is a recent example of how this collaboration is expressed event organized by VIAVIA's Sustainable City Logistics Taskforce. Here, logistics players and local authorities came together in Log!Ville to learn about the latest developments in zero-emission vehicles and other sustainable transport methods. Keynotes and practical examples of battery-electric trucks and cargo bicycles illustrated the future of city logistics.

This project and similar events demonstrate that city logistics has reached an exciting intersection where technology, policy and practical implementation come together to shape the cities of tomorrow. With a clear focus on sustainability and collaboration, the road to a more livable urban future now seems to be well underway.

STRAUSS

The research project STRAUSS, led by VIL, University of Antwerp, UHasselt, KULeuven and fourteen companies, aims to optimize urban logistics operations through new algorithms. Four cities – Hasselt, Mechelen, Antwerp and Leuven – are involved in the project to improve the impact of logistics traffic on accessibility and quality of life.

The project focuses on four core areas of logistics activities in cities: waste collection, construction logistics, catering deliveries and home grocery deliveries. These logistics flows have a major impact on the accessibility and liveability of cities, such as traffic, noise pollution and emissions. STRAUSS wants to optimize these logistics chains by developing advanced algorithms.

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Log!Ville

The landmark innovation center for the logistics ecosystem. Entrepreneurs are immersed in the logistics of the future with the power of visualization, customization and digital storytelling. An unforgettable experience for the visitor. The demonstration center contains the latest technological developments for the supply chain. Automation, digitalization and sustainable development of the logistics ecosystem are central. Together with professional partners, each leading in their field, Log!Ville inspires entrepreneurs to embrace innovation in logistics.

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