Green shipping of larger items through the urban transport network


  • The Oslo value case concentrates on B2C and home-deliveries representing the most preferred option from a consumer’s perspective.
  • It uses a micro-hub located close to Lysaker, Oslo, close to the main road system and a bus station. We have developed 4 scenarios to fit with this location.
  • The flexible service envisaged involves a pre-determined sequence of operators, namely: commuters, NIMBER’s community members and regular logistics operators (trade-offs between costs and reliability issues).

LEAD Strategies to be explored

  • Dedicated trips with e-vans
  • Crowdshipping
  • Temporary urban freight storage options (a  micro-hub) for exchanging goods between agents
  • Return logistics via a micro-hub
  • Demand-supply matching platform



The following elements will be explored:

    • Business models financially viable and beneficial from a social/environmental perspective;
    • Senders’/bringers’/receivers’ preferences for alternative delivery service concepts;
    • The interplay between demand and relevant supply design of energy-friendly dedicated services and crowdshipping services;
    • The role for a micro-hub to enhance delivery/pick-up flexibility;
    • The economic, financial and environmental potential for a green dedicated and crowdshipping service;
    • The Integration of data modeling (Discrete Choice Modeling & Agent-Based Modeling) with real-market data to support a Digital Twin approach.
    • Maybe a stronger focus on sustainable crowdshipping of larger items through the road network than intended in the first place.