October 6, 2020
Local partnership behind ambitious project to reduce congestion and CO2 in Lyngby city centre.
Science City Lyngby, together with Citylogistik and ‘Handelsforeningen for Lyngby og omegn’, have joined forces on a project that will reduce congestion, CO2, and NOX in the city centre via green distribution of goods.
Green distribution is not a new thing in Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality, who last year gathered all deliveries to the town hall in a green and environmentally friendly delivery service powered by electric vans and trucks in collaboration with Citylogistik. It is this collaboration with Citylogistik that the project group will now continue to work on with the hope to make this a widespread solution for the city.
“We have had good experiences with the collaboration with Citylogistik. Together, we have halved the number of trucks driving to town hall. That is good for congestion in the city as well as traffic safety, and it also reduces our CO2 emissions. As a result, the municipality has expanded the scheme to apply to the entire administration and the municipality’s care centres, but we really want to include the rest of the city as well. If we can get fewer trucks to Lyngby, it can benefit both citizens, shops, and the climate,” says Sigurd Agersnap, chairman of the Technical and Environmental Committee in Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality.
The first in Europe
With the project, Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality will be the first municipality in Denmark – and Europe – to test such a solution in an entire city.
The main concept of Citylogistik is supporting green transformation on the city’s premises. This means that the city itself sets the agenda for how the city wants the traffic to be settled and the goods delivered with green transport.
“We find it very gratifying that the partners involved in the pilot project are aware of the many values that Citylogistik’s concept contributes to in solving the traffic and environmental challenges any major city faces. The fact that Handelsforeningen and the Municipality have chosen to join forces in this project is a paradigm shift, which undoubtedly means that the city, as far as I know, will be the absolute leader in Europe in relation to achieving a green transition within the transport realm. Lyngby will be the first and only place in Europe where there is an agreement on the solution and scaling of the concept. Lyngby municipality has recently expanded their agreement with Citylogistik, so it now also includes the care sector and with this new initiative from the stores themselves, we hope to be able to speed up the implementation process for the benefit of all,” says founder and CEO at Citylogistik, Casper Svensson
The overall goal of the project is to reduce congestion in the city centre by reducing the number of trucks that drive goods for business in Lyngby and at the same time introduce a greener and more flexible solution for electric vans-truck distribution in the city.
Reducing the number of trucks in city centre by 50 %
The combination of having one warehouse on Firskovvej 1 km from the city centre, which serves as a collection point for smaller deliveries – and handing out the goods outside the city’s rush hour in electric cars, provides a unique opportunity to both reduce the number of vans and trucks in the city centre around the clock, while contributing to the reduction of CO2 and NOX. The project thus contributes to the municipality’s goal of a 25 % CO2 reduction in 2025 compared to 2015.
“The project is another good example of how much we can do locally when we work together! In addition to all the good green goals, it is important for us in the partnership that we also contribute to reducing the increasing congestion, especially during light rail construction. There are only good effects of this project, which provides cleaner air and less congestion for our citizens and employees “, says Marianna Lubanski, director of Science City Lyngby.
The effect of the pilot test over 6 months is expected, among other things, to reduce the number of trucks in the city centre by 50%. Additionally, the project partners expect to be able to reduce CO2 and NOX emissions by 50%.
The hope is that the pilot project, led by Magasin and Sticks & Sushi, can convince the rest of the business community in Lyngby to join.
“It is a clear goal for Handelsforeningen – through all our members – to contribute to a better environment and less congestion in Lyngby city centre. We welcome the solution with Citylogistik and we will, for our part, launch initiatives to get as many of our members as possible to the solution. Green transition is high on the agenda, and we must recognize that sustainability is a growing factor in customers’ choice of both products and business,” says Michael Dupont, chairman of Handelsforeningen for Lyngby og omegn.