Innovative solutions to reduce the negative impacts of urban freight distribution in the construction sector. Presentation of the SUCCESS project “Sustainable Urban Consolidation CentrES for conStruction” in Verona.

The Institute for Transport and Logistics (ITL), En&Tech Research Centre and Cooperativa Muratori e Braccianti di Carpi (CMB) organised the first local event in Verona on the 26th of October, at the Verona Association of the Engineers. The aim of the event was to present the SUCCESS project “Sustainable Urban Consolidation CentrES for conStruction” and the Verona pilot to the local stakeholders and share with them experiences, good practices and innovative solutions to reduce the negative impacts of freight distribution in urban area for the construction sector.Pic 2

The project coordinator Mr. Francesco Ferrero, from the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology – LIST, presented the eleven project partners, coming from Italy, France, Spain and Luxembourg, and the objective of the project, which aims to understand how the supply chain management and the application of the Construction Consolidation Centres (CCCs) could bring about generic solutions to address problems in the construction supply chains.

The discussion with the local stakeholders was mainly focused on the consolidation centres to be used for the construction sector: how can consolidation centres improve the construction supply chain?

Participants discussed on experiences on CCCs, already developed in Italy, by focussing the discussion on the benefits these solutions can bring, both from an organisational point of view (e.g. just-in-time deliveries) and an environmental point of view (e.g. reduction of freight vehicles circulating in the urban area and consequently reduction of pollutant emissions). The stakeholders also discussed on the main functionalities of a consolidation centre: it can be used as a simple warehouse to serve a building site, but also as a location for pre-assembly works, in order to reduce the number of operations and movements within the site.

The participants highlighted that a depth analysis of the main features of the construction site as well as the study of the urban context, in terms of transport infrastructure, accessibility and traffic congestion, represent the first step for understanding how a consolidation centre can improve the freight distribution.

Pic 1At the end of the discussion, all the stakeholders agreed that the use of consolidation centres in the construction sector may represent a new approach for the supply chain management; it is a way for sharing spaces, services and costs among all the actors involved in the supply chain. The initial investment and economic benefits achievable in the short term were also matters of the discussion, as well as the importance to involve public authorities both in the planning and in the operational phase.

All the participants showed interest in the methodological approach of the SUCCESS project, to improve knowledge and understanding of the supply chain management, by testing collaborative methodologies, such as the construction consolidation centres. They closed the discussion fixing the next meeting in 2017 in order to share the results of the SUCCESS project.