To make HIT the main and integrated Research Pole in the fields of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Tourism in Greece and among the top 10 relevant nodes of technology and expertise in Europe.

Acronym: NOVELOG

Project title: New Cooperative Business Models and Guidance for Sustainable City Logistics - NOVELOG

Duration: 36 months (1/6/2015 – 31/5/2018)


Urban areas represent the greatest chal­lenges for freight transport and service trips, both in terms of goods distribution and service allocation performance, and environmental impacts (air emission, traf­fic congestion, road safety, accidents and noise). The objective of the project is to enable knowledge and understanding of urban freight transport and service trips in urban planning. This objective will be ac­complished through a series of activities for the development of Tools and guidance documents for understanding the UFT en­vironment and validating them through 12 city cases across Europe (Athens, Bar­celona, Copenhagen, Graz, Gothenburg, Emilia Romagna Region, London, Mech­elen, Pisa, Rome, Turin, Venice). The proj­ect will assist the stakeholders involved in decision making to better understand the operating framework of urban distri­bution in the city, select the most appro­priate measures for addressing the city’s problems, assessing the impacts of the measures in accordance with the goals set, plan, adapt and implement measures commonly accepted through participation in stakeholder platforms and integrated in the urban strategic planning. The goal of the project is through the use of the Tools, guidance documents and roadmaps

44to develop the framework for the develop­ment of Sustainable Urban Logistics Plans (SULPs) for cities. The NOVELOG project (funded through the Research Programme of the EU Horizon 2020) has a duration of 3 years (June 2015 – May 2018) and is com­prised of 28 partners on a European lev­el coordinated by the Hellenic Institute of Transport of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH/HIT).


The salient scope of the project is the en­abling of knowledge and understanding of freight distribution and service trips by providing guidance for implement­ing effective and sustainable policies and measures. This guidance will support the choice of the most optimal and applica­ble solutions for urban freight and service transport, and will facilitate stakeholder collaboration and the development, field testing and transfer of best governance and business models.

The specific objectives are set as follows:

  • To understand, assess and capture cur­rent needs and trends on UFT.
  • To enable determination of optimum policies and measures, based on the city typologies and objectives.
  • To develop a modular integrated evalu­ation framework for city logistics which will portray the complexity of the life cycle of UFT systems.
  • To incorporate the best fitting policies and measures in integrated urban plan­ning and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) at local level, focusing on, facilitating and guiding multi-stake­holder cooperation for improved policy making.
  • To field test, implement and validate all the above in selected European cities and thus demonstrate applicability and sustainability of NOVELOG tools.
  • To ensure the continuity of the project’s impacts by creating and establishing take-up strategies and roadmaps for the best city logistics solutions.


Coordinator of the panEuropean consortium.

Contact persons:
Εlpida Xenou
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Georgia Aifandopoulou
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+30 2310498451

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