URBANE - Upscaling innovative green urban logistics solutions through multi-actor collaboration and physical internet-inspired last mile deliveries

Prof. Rod Franklin, PhD (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

Funded by European Commission - Horizon Europe

Brief description

Co-funded by the new Horizon Europe Programme (HEU) the project focuses on developing flexible urban last mile delivery approaches based on the Physical Internet that lower emissions, congestion, and cost, by combining green automated vehicles and shared space utilisation models.

Project purpose

URBANE (Upscaling Innovative Green Urban Logistics Solutions Through Multi-Actor Collaboration and Physical Internet (PI) - Inspired Last Mile Deliveries) is a 42-month project co-funded by the new Horizon Europe Programme (HEU) with a budget of around 9 million EUR. It aims to develop novel last-mile delivery solutions combining green automated vehicles and shared space utilisation models. Leading European cities, research experts and knowledge partners, solution providers for shared, connected, and automated operations, and industry leaders in logistics services kicked off the project in September 2022. There are 39 consortium partners, including city stakeholders, last-mile logistics value chain operators, sector associations, business innovation consultancies, research organisations and ICT solution providers.


Digital Transformation, Environment, Sustainability, Transport Logistics

Project partners

Kühne Logistics University (KLU), Technische Universiteit Delft

Project Team

Gero Niemann (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Malte Spanuth (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

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Contact person

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Prof. Rod Franklin, PhD

Full Professor of Logistics Practice & Academic Director of Executive Education