CiTTi conference highlights: day 2

After a successful first day, CiTTi conference opened day two with a presentation from Ron van der Lans, programme Manager – open and big data, City of Amsterdam. He spoke about the role that data plays a smart city and, in turn, smart mobility as it allows for cooperation with partners and innovative outsourcing by making use of real time data.

Speakers to follow included: Mark Frequin, director general for mobility and transport, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment; Pieter van der Stoep, account manager – connected and autonomous vehicles, RDW; Edouard Barreiro, public affairs director, UPS West Europe; Lia Hsu, project manager, Connekt; Jon Harris, international professional development co-ordinator, CILT International and Dr Lucy Mahoney, principal strategy planner – road and safety, Transport for London.

Mark Frequin highlighted the challenges of mobility in and around cities, as well that looking at the corresponding policy strategy. He highlighted ongoing growth of mobility and urbanisation, compliance with European regulations and agreements on air quality, mobility and urban design, as well as safety and security to be the four biggest challenges of mobility.

Pieter van der Stoep spoke next about autonomous cars. His presentation covered the benefits of connected and automated driving, addressing the questions of whether connected and automated driving is the solution for mobility issues. Stoep spoke about current possibilities and surrounding development of future legislation concerning autonomous vehicles.

After the networking break the topic changed to city logistics. Edouard Barreiro started off the discussion with his presentation on sustainable logistics in the city. He noted that efficiency means sustainability and that city logistics are becoming a new challenge when it comes to sustainability – but with new challenges come new approaches and solutions. Barreiro gave an example from UPS and how every round is optimised, with stops for the day being analysed to identify the best route. Likewise, in response to new challenges, UPS has come up with some new approaches, such as the use of alternative fuels, electrification of vehicles in their fleet and cycle logistics.

Next to speak was Lia Hsu from Connekt and she introduced two programmes: Green Deal Zero Emission City Logistics and Lean & Green. Green Dear Zero Emission City Logistics aims to reduce harmful emissions resulting from city logistics to zero and therefore the parties involved in the programme strive to supply goods to cities with zero emissions by 2025. The Lean and Green programme sets out to achieve the same goal of zero emissions, but with an emphasis on collaboration between shippers, logistics service providers, carriers, retailers and ports, terminals, airliners. Once the goal has been achieved, a lean and green certification is awarded.

The two sessions on city logistics was followed on by a panel discussion with Jon Harris and Edouard Barreiro. Harris gave a short presentation on the attitudes, behaviours and habits within city freight logistics. He also gave an example case study from Birmingham which entailed a reduction of air pollution due to freight and the toolkit that was used to remedy this issue.

The final two sessions of the day covered issues of health and safety on the streets of London and a look at urban mobility in Imatra, Finland. Dr Lucy Mahoney form TfL introduced the ‘Healthy Streets’ and ‘Vision Zero’ approach for London, demonstrating the link between improved health and safety within a city that can also help to lower emissions and reduce congestion within the city. She also highlighted that a healthier way of moving around the city is also an opportunity to improve public transport and provide an opportunity for new homes and jobs to be generated. Likewise, the Vision Zero approach plays into the making “Healthy Streets’ successful.

To end day two of the conference on high note, Päivi Pekkanen spoke about opportunities for developing mobility services in small urban areas, such as Imatra. Pekkanen spoke about various stratagies that have been implemented in Imatra to boost transport options and achieve savings. She covered issues and solutions regarding car sharing (including electrical), school transportation, looking at private versus public transport, mobility as a service (MaaS), as well as possible future technologies that can help.