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Urban logistics and plaNning: AntiCipating urban freigHt generAtion and demand including dIgitalisation of urbaN freight

European Union
Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€8 434 789
EU Contribution
€6 955 274
Project website
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Smart mobility and services (SMO)
Transport mode
Road icon
Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects
Transport sectors
Freight transport,
Passenger transport


Call for proposal
Link to CORDIS

Nowadays, almost everything we need can be ordered online and delivered to our doorsteps. However, last-mile delivery is far from supporting a sustainable society. The EU-funded UNCHAIN project aims to contribute to more sustainable urban logistics and help the transition towards climate-neutral and smart cities. To achieve this, it will boost the cooperation between public authorities and logistics stakeholders by implementing a standardised and reliable data exchange ecosystem and an innovative set of urban logistics services. With the UNCHAIN project, public authorities and transport operators will enjoy mutual benefits via cooperation schemes for sustainable urban freight transport policies and operations.
UNCHAIN will “break the chains”, boosting the cooperation between public authorities and logistics stakeholders. It will create a set of services for optimal and flexible urban logistics operation, management, planning and policymaking, unleashing the potential that technology and digitalisation can bring to the sustainable urban logistics and moving towards climate-neutral and smart cities.

UNCHAIN will implement a standardised and reliable data exchange ecosystem supported by a public-private collaborative framework that will allow the establishment of reliable data sharing agreements, break data silos and make the urban freight data more available and accessible. Driven by the unlocked data, an innovative set of 12 urban logistics services will be implemented to optimise the allocation of urban space, improve the policy-making capacity of local authorities and optimise network management and logistics operation. With UNCHAIN, public authorities will improve their data collection capabilities and have the right tools to achieve sustainability goals. Meanwhile, for operators, having services aligned with their own and society's objectives will unlock mutually beneficial cooperation schemes, a key factor for long-term collaboration and the establishment of sustainable urban freight transport policies and operations.


10 European cities will participate in UNCHAIN activities: Madrid, Berlin and Florence as living labs; Prague, Mechelen, Madeira and Riga as follower cities, and Brest metropole, Ravenna and Alba Iulia as peer- cities supporting the early adoption of the results. Also, the well-balanced representation of the urban logistics industry, with DHL and UPS, will ensure large-scale impact and feasibility of the project results.


Specific funding programme
HORIZON.2.5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility
HORIZON.2.5.7 - Clean, Safe and Accessible Transport and Mobility
HORIZON.2.5.8 - Smart Mobility
Other Programme
HORIZON-CL5-2022-D6-02-02 - Urban logistics and planning: anticipating urban freight generation and demand including digitalisation of urban freight


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
€880 819
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution
€745 062
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€660 000
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€402 250
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€464 100
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€602 266
EU Contribution
€276 500
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€456 125
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€215 381
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€460 500
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€229 688
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€201 418
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€198 424
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€193 750
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€177 500
EU Contribution


Technology Theme
Sustainable urban mobility plans
Sustainable logistics plans and platforms

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