Cityhub: Climate-Efficient Logistics System for Goods transport

Citycon wants to contribute to the restructuring of the communities in which we operate, with the aim of reaching low or zero emissions as a society. By exploring and testing new innovative logistics solutions, Citycon can add a new piece to the puzzle.

In 2018, Citycon started a concept study examining how different logistics solutions can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving local air quality and reducing noise pollution from logistics at Trekanten shopping centre in Asker Municipality in Norway. The study was carried out simultaneously with the development and expansion of Trekanten shopping centre and was finalized in 2019. The process involved the municipality, Citycon, tenants and logistics providers, as well as waste management providers.

The purpose of the study is to provide new knowledge and insight into alternative ways of organising and performing the transport of goods and resources. It also aims to give recommendations that are tangible enough to provide the basis for urban planning regulation, and that can underpin applications for financial support for the implementation of the initiatives concerned.

The results of the study show that a CityHub, a small reloading centre for co-loading and/or unloading of freight deliveries within the city centre, could serve a large enough number of customers to become financially profitable. A material part of the concept is the return of non-organic waste (plastic, cardboard, paper, glass, etc.) from shops to the CityHub, where the waste compactors will be located. CityHub could decrease the amount of deliveries by 1/3 for both the shopping centre and the commercial centre of Asker, and the deliveries in the city centre itself could fall by up to 70% depending on which players use the CityHub.

From an environmental point of view, the concept could have large benefits. Transport-related Greenhouse gas emissions could decrease by up to 60%, Nitric Oxide (NOx) emissions by up to 27% and coarse particulate matter (PM10) by up to 46%. This would also significantly lower noise pollution and could have a positive effect on congestion.

In 2020 Citycon will strive to anchor the concept with the municipality, carry out a detailed implementation plan and start negotiations with key stakeholders.

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