sustainability-logo

Journal Browser

Journal Browser

Advances in Green City Logistics

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 11404

Special Issue Editors


E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Department of Logistics and Transport Systems, Maritime University of Szczecin, Wały Chrobrego 1-2, 70-500 Szczecin, Poland
Interests: smart, green and integrated transport; urban freight transport; intelligent transport systems; logistics; sustainable transport
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals

E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Faculty of Engineering and Economics of Transport, Maritime University of Szczecin, Wały Chrobrego 1-2, 70-500 Szczecin, Poland
Interests: establishment of freight quality partnerships; logistics management; sustainable urban freight; unloading bays
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals

E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Departamento de Engenharia de Transportes e Geotecnia, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Interests: urban freight transport; transportation planning; logistics; city logistics; urban mobility; public policies; econometrics applied in urban freight transport; spatial analysis applied in urban freight transport
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Development of sustainable, environmentally friendly urban freight transport systems become the most significant challenge for the present cities authorities, logistics operators, deliverers, purchasers as well as the manufacturers (especially vehicles producers) and other urban freight transport stakeholders. Due to fast growth of urban areas and the number of city dwellers as well as the increasing importance of e-commerce in regular business practices, it is important to find the solutions, which will help to reduce the negative impact of the transport systems on cities environment. That all is one of the most important aspect helped to make our cities more friendly for their users.

This special issue will include the papers focused on different topics related to the development of sustainable urban freight transport and implementation of environmentally friendly solutions at city areas. The authors should focus on the influence of urban freight transport on environment including the goods distribution in different city types, the safety problems in urban freight transport, the new trends in ecologistics, development of innovative measures based on computerization of urban infrastructure and utilization of telematics systems in urban freight distribution, utilization of alternative delivering systems as well as alternative fuelled vehicles, implementation of the UFT systems based on different transport modes. The special attention will be paid on the data acquisition systems for city logistics management and development.

Dr. Stanisław Iwan
Dr. Kinga Kijewska
Dr. Leise Kelli Oliveira
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • environmental impact of urban freight transport
  • utilization of electro-mobility in city logistics
  • new trends in city logistics
  • autonomous systems in city logistics
  • IT platforms for freight distribution in urban areas
  • modelling freight distribution in urban areas
  • planning freight distribution in the context of sustainable development
  • public-private partnerships for sustainable urban logistics
  • safety aspects in urban freight transport
  • metropolitan environment monitoring in terms of freight transport
  • the impact of logistics systems on the effective functioning of metropolitan areas
  • economic aspects of improving safety in the freight distribution in urban areas
  • sustainable logistics in the urban tourist area

Published Papers (6 papers)

Order results
Result details
Select all
Export citation of selected articles as:

Research

18 pages, 6966 KiB  
Article
Analysis of Selected Solutions for Sustainable Urban Deliveries in the Construction Industry
by Oleksandra Osypchuk and Stanisław Iwan
Sustainability 2023, 15(4), 3567; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15043567 - 15 Feb 2023
Viewed by 1404
Abstract
Modern cities are places where the ever-increasing human needs are met. This is possible through the creation of friendly living conditions and enabling economic exchange, as a result of which enterprises provide their clients with goods and services. Urban freight transport is an [...] Read more.
Modern cities are places where the ever-increasing human needs are met. This is possible through the creation of friendly living conditions and enabling economic exchange, as a result of which enterprises provide their clients with goods and services. Urban freight transport is an element that supports these processes. However, in addition to the benefits it delivers, its organization and impacts pose challenges in environmental, economic, and social terms. Implementation of construction projects is a determinant of the development of modern cities. However, this entails transport for supply purposes, which significantly affects the volume of freight transport in cities. Such a large share translates into a growing interest in the topic of using more sustainable ways of organizing and providing construction-related transport. The paper presents the first stage of research aimed at building a model for the implementation of good practices in the field of construction supplies. The aim of the paper was to analyze the transport of construction supplies in terms of compliance with the principles of sustainable development on the example of construction projects currently implemented in Szczecin. Furthermore, this paper is centered around collecting good practices in the field of construction transport. The goal was achieved using the analysis of the statistical data, non-structured observation, and surveys regarding construction projects being carried out in Szczecin, and also paper-and-pencil interviews with experts. It was possible to identify irregularities and gaps in knowledge in the field of sustainable urban freight transport for the implementation of construction supplies. The diagnosed current condition may be a significant source of problems in the future and clearly indicates the need for further research and action by both city authorities and enterprises in the direction of implementing measures for sustainable urban freight transport. As part of the paper, the possibility of using Petri nets in decision-making processes on the implementation of selected organizational solutions contributing to a more sustainable organization of construction supplies was also examined. The developed decision models were simulated in the HPSim software. Models created by the authors using Petri nets can be an important tool that clearly and transparently shows enterprises their possibilities in the implementation of good practices. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Green City Logistics)
Show Figures

Figure 1

14 pages, 5652 KiB  
Article
Analysis of the Potential Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Image Processing Methods to Support Road and Parking Space Management in Urban Transport
by Artur Kujawski and Mariusz Nürnberg
Sustainability 2023, 15(4), 3285; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15043285 - 10 Feb 2023
Cited by 2 | Viewed by 1375
Abstract
Progressive urban density affects city centers especially and results in growing congestion, lack of parking spaces, and increasing environmental costs of transportation, causing increased air pollutant emissions and noise. These phenomena reduce the attractiveness of the city and result in a degradation of [...] Read more.
Progressive urban density affects city centers especially and results in growing congestion, lack of parking spaces, and increasing environmental costs of transportation, causing increased air pollutant emissions and noise. These phenomena reduce the attractiveness of the city and result in a degradation of the quality of life for its residents. In light of these phenomena, there is a clear need for intelligent management of urban space using new technologies that would be complementary to existing intelligent transportation systems. Expanding information resources obtained from mobile cameras will have a positive impact on increasing the efficiency of transportation management and use of limited space in city centers. It will also have an impact on reducing external transport costs and increasing the quality of logistics services provided in the city. The main aim of the paper is to develop a concept of a transport management system in cities using mobile vision systems mounted on unmanned aerial vehicles. The model will concern the cases of lane occupation by freight vehicles and the analysis of parking spaces in the city in order to improve their management. The results of the developed model will contribute to the automation of the parking space management process and increase the efficiency of the use of city parking space resources. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Green City Logistics)
Show Figures

Figure 1

21 pages, 3435 KiB  
Article
Impact of Alternative Forms of Transport on Urban Freight Congestion
by Dariusz Masłowski, Ewa Kulińska and Gennadij Komada
Sustainability 2022, 14(17), 10972; https://doi.org/10.3390/su141710972 - 2 Sep 2022
Cited by 2 | Viewed by 1816
Abstract
Increasing congestion, environmental pollution, and the resulting full impatience of inhabitants contribute to the search for new solutions to move around the city. Therefore, city dwellers are increasingly turning to alternative means of transport such as bicycles, scooters, monocycles, etc. Recently, this way [...] Read more.
Increasing congestion, environmental pollution, and the resulting full impatience of inhabitants contribute to the search for new solutions to move around the city. Therefore, city dwellers are increasingly turning to alternative means of transport such as bicycles, scooters, monocycles, etc. Recently, this way of traveling around the city has been flourishing. Therefore, the authors decided to investigate the phenomenon of the popularization of alternative forms of urban transport and to determine the influence of this kind of travel on freight transport and sustainable urban development. The research was based on four Polish cities: Wroclaw, Katowice, Opole, and Kedzierzyn-Kozle. The selection was made more precise by indicating two large and two small urban centers. The research was carried out by means of a questionnaire survey addressed to the inhabitants of those centers, specifying their preferences regarding journeys in the cities, as well as through direct interviews with companies providing cargo transport in the cities. The final part of the study is to propose solutions that, based on the residents’ preferences, will reduce their travel by car in favor of alternative transport, thus enhancing freight transport. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Green City Logistics)
Show Figures

Figure 1

16 pages, 5070 KiB  
Article
Integrating Freight and Public Transport Terminals Infrastructure by Locating Lockers: Analysing a Feasible Solution for a Medium-Sized Brazilian Cities
by Leise Kelli de Oliveira, Isabela Kopperschmidt de Oliveira, João Guilherme da Costa Braga França, Gustavo Wagner Nunes Balieiro, Jean Francisco Cardoso, Tiago Bogo, Diego Bogo and Marco Adriano Littig
Sustainability 2022, 14(17), 10853; https://doi.org/10.3390/su141710853 - 31 Aug 2022
Cited by 5 | Viewed by 2182
Abstract
Integrating freight and public transport infrastructure can lead to providing economic feasibility to public transportation systems and reducing externalities related to urban freight transport. This can be achieved by sharing the infrastructure of freight and public transportation systems. Additionally, failed deliveries represent a [...] Read more.
Integrating freight and public transport infrastructure can lead to providing economic feasibility to public transportation systems and reducing externalities related to urban freight transport. This can be achieved by sharing the infrastructure of freight and public transportation systems. Additionally, failed deliveries represent a major challenge in e-commerce. Lockers can address this problem and promote sustainable urban freight transport. This paper identified a locker network in a public transportation infrastructure. The framework considered scenarios built under the 15-min city concept, and the analysis is based on a case study in Jaraguá do Sul (Brazil, a mid-sized Brazilian city, and its conurbated area. The networks were found by solving a p-median problem, which minimised the maximum distance between the lockers and the population. The findings showed that, in the best scenario with 16 lockers, the population could reach the lockers within a 10-min cycling ride. Additionally, the results showed that the public transportation network provides a locker network to integrate freight and public transportation. The locker network is accessible to public transportation and micromobility users. With this solution, residents play an active role in last-mile deliveries. In addition, lockers can work as mini hubs for crowdshipping services. In addition to reducing urban delivery trips, this solution can encourage public transportation usage, which contributes to more sustainable cities. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Green City Logistics)
Show Figures

Figure 1

18 pages, 2045 KiB  
Article
Modelling Freight Trip Generation Based on Deliveries for Brazilian Municipalities
by Leise Kelli de Oliveira, Gracielle Gonçalves Ferreira de Araújo, Bruno Vieira Bertoncini, Carlos David Pedrosa and Francisco Gildemir Ferreira da Silva
Sustainability 2022, 14(16), 10300; https://doi.org/10.3390/su141610300 - 18 Aug 2022
Cited by 4 | Viewed by 1398
Abstract
Freight trip generation modelling is important for forecasting freight movements, and understanding freight movements is crucial to enabling sustainable freight transportation planning. The existing literature focuses on model development, and most of the previous models are estimated by ordinary least squares regression. However, [...] Read more.
Freight trip generation modelling is important for forecasting freight movements, and understanding freight movements is crucial to enabling sustainable freight transportation planning. The existing literature focuses on model development, and most of the previous models are estimated by ordinary least squares regression. However, few studies have carefully considered the OLS assumptions. The objective of this paper is to estimate freight trip generation models using deliveries to commercial establishments in Brazilian municipalities. A procedure is described to estimate models by ordinary least squares (OLS), and alternative techniques are considered to address the violations of the OLS assumptions. The analysis was conducted with data from 860 commercial establishments in nine Brazilian municipalities, and models were estimated for capital, non-capital, small, medium, and larger municipalities. The findings showed that alternative techniques to OLS regression can provide better-estimated parameters and more accurate results. Not evaluating the OLS assumptions could compromise the quality of the model and, consequently, planning using these models. Moreover, the results showed that the number of employees has a more significant influence in small cities and a lower influence in medium-sized municipalities. Finally, the findings demonstrated the importance of local models that include the municipalities’ characteristics and that can support freight transportation planning. These models can also include sustainable strategies for freight transport. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Green City Logistics)
Show Figures

Figure 1

13 pages, 652 KiB  
Article
The Effects of Barriers and Freight Vehicle Restrictions on Logistics Costs: A Comparison before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Brazil
by Marcelo Werneck Barbosa, Paulo Renato de Sousa and Leise Kelli de Oliveira
Sustainability 2022, 14(14), 8650; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14148650 - 14 Jul 2022
Cited by 10 | Viewed by 2449
Abstract
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the fragility of the supply chains, in which the production, distribution, and transportation systems were disrupted, permanently or temporarily. Despite the enormous influences the pandemic had on transportation systems, no study has yet assessed the extent to which the [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the fragility of the supply chains, in which the production, distribution, and transportation systems were disrupted, permanently or temporarily. Despite the enormous influences the pandemic had on transportation systems, no study has yet assessed the extent to which the freight restrictions and barriers influenced logistics costs after the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, understanding them is necessary to guide and stimulate public policies that intend to optimize the effects of freight restrictions on logistics costs. Thus, this paper assesses and compares the effects that such barriers in urban freight transport, and the restrictions imposed on freight vehicles, had on logistics costs before and during the pandemic. We surveyed more than 120 logistics professionals in Brazil in both 2018 and 2020/2021, making comparisons using models that were assessed using partial least squares structural equation modelling. The findings suggest that barriers and freight restrictions influenced the logistics costs positively, but such influences reduced during the pandemic. Being aware of the barriers and restrictions that influence logistics costs and of how the pandemic increased the effects of some restrictions is essential for managers to be able make timely and appropriate decisions and to plan and implement initiatives to prevent or reduce costs. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Green City Logistics)
Show Figures

Figure 1

Back to TopTop