Sustainable Urban Logistics Plans for Norway

Sustainable Urban Logistics Plans for Norway


Astrid Bjørgen Sund, SINTEF, Kristin Ystmark Bjerkan, SINTEF


The paper will present a study of prerequisites for developing SULP through private-public collaboration in Norwegian cities. The primary goal is to identify relevant stakeholders, their key needs and prerequisites for contributing in SULP processes.


The project Sustainable Urban Logistics Plans for Norway (NORSULP) aims to develop user-validated guidelines for achieving appropriate sustainable urban logistics plans in Norwegian cities and urban areas. In nine cities, a wide range of stakeholder will be involved in collaborative processes for initiating SULP processes aiming to produce safer, greener and more efficient logistics.
Urban areas represent particular challenges for national and international freight transport, both in terms of logistical performance and environmental impacts. Goods, waste and service trips in urban areas impose negative traffic and environmental impacts and take place in space shared with many other actors, including public transport operators, private car users, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians.
Attempts have been made to improve the economic and environmental performance of urban freight transport. Even though different actors such as local authorities, regions, logistics operators and other businesses have a common interest to optimise urban logistics, they often fail. The European Commission (2013) pointed out several key challenges of urban logistics such as lack of focus and strategy, lack of co-ordination, lack of data and information and in many cases there are insufficient dialogue between city authorities and private actors. As a consequence of increasing focus on Sustainable Urban Logistics Plans (SULPs) in several European cities Norwegian industry representatives have stressed the need for logistics plans also in Norwegian cities bringing together local actors, planning and initiating actions needed to improve the situation.
This paper has two objectives. Firstly, it will present relevant stakeholders and their needs and prerequisites for developing SULP processes in a Norwegian context. Secondly it will reveal potential barriers cities might face in the further work with establishing SULPs. The study will be based on semi-structured interviews with representatives from different stakeholder groups, supplemented with online stakeholder surveys.


Association for European Transport