2015 - 2018


CITYLAB was the first project to use the Living Laboratory approach for testing and implementing sustainable city logistics solutions in European cities. It helped improve the understanding of the impacts freight and service trips have in our urban areas.

Goods, waste and service trips in urban areas cause negative traffic and environmental impacts that need cost-effective and sustainable solutions. The CITYLAB  developed knowledge and solutions to help in the up-scale and roll-out of strategies, measures and tools for emission-free city logistics in urban centres.

The project focused on four main types of freight vehicle movements in cities:

  • Highly fragmented last-mile deliveries in city centers
  • Large freight attractors and public administrations
  • Urban waste, return trips and recycling
  • Logistics facilities and warehouses

Innovative urban freight management solutions were tested and evaluated in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Oslo, Paris, Rome and Southampton, with a view to positively influencing business profitability and contributing to increased efficiency and sustainability. The core of CITYLAB is to use cities as ‘living laboratories’ - dynamic, real-world test environments where different public and private freight transport measures can be evaluated, adapted and improved in a cyclical way. The project delivered best practice guidance on innovative approaches and how to replicate them.

CITYLAB' latest and key deliverables:

The project ran from from May 2015 to April 2018, funded under the European Horizon 2020 research and Innovation action (RIA) programme.

For more information about the project, please visit CITYLAB' website, INEA page or CORDIS page