One of LEAD’s objectives is to contribute to the existing body of knowledge both on the novel topic of Digital Twins, but also its interconnection to Last Mile Urban Logistics and contribution for cleaner and sustainable Urban Freight. Thus, LEAD partners from Molde University College have recently successfully submitted two scientific papers for publication in the Sustainability journal.
The first article The Adoption of Green Vehicles in Last Mile Logistics: A Systematic Review presents a broad literature review on different studies that research the adoption of green vehicles in urban freight transportation, with particular attention to e-commerce. The adoption of green vehicles in urban logistics is seen as a potential key contributor to mitigating existing problems related with emissions and oil dependency, yet the current uptake of these green vehicles by the sector remains considerably low, particularly considering actions taken by public authorities to overcome the negative externalities of distributing goods in cities.
The second article Digital Twins: A Critical Discussion on Their Potential for Supporting Policy-Making and Planning in Urban Logistics discusses the concept of Digital Twins, showing which role these could play in planning.for urban logistics and shedding light on how to adequately conceive them with regards to urban freight transport policy-making and planning. Digital Twins should jointly make use of behavioural and simulation models within Living Lab approaches, as LEAD demonstrates, to stimulate effective, well-informed and participated planning processes, but also to forecast both behaviour and reactions to structural changes and policy measures implementations.
The journal is an Open-Access publication, which means you can freely access the documents at any moment.