Quiet and clean deliveries to city supermarkets
By 2050, at least two billion more people will be living in cities than today. We want to make sure the cities remain enjoyable, and liveable. That is why we fully support ZEUS: an EIT Urban Mobility project aimed at quiet and zero-emission deliveries of goods to city stores.
The number of cities in the world keeps rising. More and more people live in these cities and there are more and more stores, which in turn need to be supplied with more and more goods. This requires trucks that cover a considerable distance every day, usually during the day. We want to keep our cities liveable, now and in the future. After all, nobody likes to be stuck in a traffic jam, everyone wants to breathe clean air, we’d rather hear bird song than the hum of cars and children need to be able to play outside safely.
EIT Urban Mobility
Keeping our society – literally – moving is our collective responsibility. The urban mobility issue can only be tackled if we join forces. That is why Colruyt Group has been investing in EIT Urban Mobility since 2019. This is an initiative supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is an autonomous body of the European Union that promotes research and entrepreneurship by pooling the expertise of different experts and partners, in order to find effective solutions to pressing global challenges.
Research into quiet and zero-emission urban deliveries
One of those pressing challenges is: quiet and zero-emission deliveries to city supermarkets. Together with a number of major cities (Stockholm, Munich, Barcelona and the Barcelona metropolitan area), other companies (TRATON and MOL PLC) and the university community (VUB, KTH, Fraunhofer and Tartu University), we are fully committed to the innovation project ZEUS: Zero Emission off-peak Urban deliverieS. We use this project to show that shifting urban goods transport from peak to off-peak hours can be done in an efficient, environmentally-friendly and quiet way.
First and foremost, we want our trucks to avoid the rush hour and traffic jams as much as possible and make deliveries to our city stores during quieter times on the road, between 7 pm and 7 am. To ensure that loading and unloading are as quiet as possible and to prevent any noise nuisance, we are trying out adapted logistic infrastructures such as quiet transport trailers, low-noise pallet trucks and covered loading docks at the stores.
We are also investigating how urban deliveries can be zero-emission as much as possible without emitting CO2, nitrogen oxides, particulates or other harmful substances. This can be done by means of electric or plug-in hybrid trucks, for example. Optimal delivery route planning should also make transport safer and more efficient.
Together we are building tomorrow’s world
Colruyt Group has taken on the role of project leader. Our stores in city centres function as real test sites. Our intended outcome with the ZEUS project is not only to ensure our own logistics activities for the future, but also to formulate guidelines for European cities, together with specialist training to implement these guidelines with the relevant stakeholders. This is how Colruyt Group is contributing to innovative mobility solutions, which will make a real difference in tomorrow’s world.
This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable. Learn more: eiturbanmobility.eu.