Getting Around, Futures for Urban Logistics
Logistics may be the life-blood of cities yet burdens urban areas with high pollution levels, congestion and noise. With new technology and changing shopping patterns, the industry has a chance to be re-invented. How can urban logistics change in the 21st Century and where are the opportunities for users and businesses alike?
An urban myth has it that the typical urban supermarket would be bare within a few days of typical shopping if they could not be restocked. Welcome to urban logistics – the un-sexy topic that slides under our noses but keeps cities alive. Logistics may be the life-blood of cities but it consumes some 20% of energy for motorized traffic, results in 20-30% of PM pollution and is responsible for a large percentage of urban noise pollution. It also employs some 2.5% (in cities like London) while it is worth around 3% of the EU economy. If we are talking about sustainability, or reducing energy demands, or moving to renewable energy,or local economies, or just making cities more attractive, then we really must get our heads around urban logistics.