City Logistics and Lifecycle Assessments

Learn how to design effective urban freight transport strategies that reduce social, economic and environmental impacts.

City Logistics and Lifecycle Assessments

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 10 hours

Learn to build and assess sustainable logistics strategies in urban areas

This course will enhance your knowledge of the organisation of sustainable city logistics strategies. You will determine the main impacts of urban freight transportation on local societies and understand how various operational and regulatory policies affect performance.

You will explore a range of innovative city logistics solutions from across the world and learn how to evaluate their social, economic and environmental impacts.

Overall, this course will integrate and consolidate your knowledge of sustainable development and ethical decision-making in the context of city logistics.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1: City logistics

  • City logistics
  • Urban freight transportation
  • Forward logistics
  • Deliveries
  • Last-mile
  • Reverse logistics
  • Collections
  • First-mile
  • Transport externalities (eg congestion, noise, vibration)
  • Online deliveries etc.

Week 2: Sustainable city logistics

  • City logistics solutions (eg pedestrian zones, reduced emission zones, out-of-hours deliveries
  • Consolidation centres
  • Click-and-collect schemes (parcel lockers, drones)
  • Carbon auditing tools
  • Emissions assessment
  • Life-cycle analysis
  • Scenario analysis etc.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Develop a broad understanding of city logistics focusing on both the forward (last-mile) and reverse (first-mile) segments of supply chains
  • Explore the underlying social, economic and environmental issues that arise as a result of freight movements in urban centres and identify key issues that must be addressed
  • Recognise the impact of e-commerce on last-mile and first-mile logistics
  • Explore how local measures, national policies and international regulations affect the organisation of urban logistics
  • Identify the main stakeholders involved in the organisation and implementation of city logistics schemes and understand their roles, responsibilities and expectations
  • Critically evaluate a range of innovative city logistics solutions established across the world (eg consolidation centres and pick-up/drop-off locations) to mitigate the social, economic and environmental impacts of urban freight transportation
  • Identify the impacts of new technologies on the organisation of city logistics and examine best practices from across the world (eg 3D printing and drones)
  • Apply appropriate carbon auditing tools to calculate greenhouse gas emissions from urban freight transportation and conduct life-cycle and scenario analyses
  • Critically assess and select the most sustainable city logistics solution considering its social, economic and environmental impact

Who is the course for?

This course will be of particular interest to those working in the logistics sector and various public organisations, such as transport and logistics planners, junior and middle business managers, urban designers, environmental experts, local authorities, policy makers, researchers, etc. It will provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to design and establish innovative and efficient city logistics solutions while reducing their overall social, economic and environmental impacts.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Maro Triantafyllou

Dr Maro Triantafyllou

A Chartered Transport Engineer specialised in sustainable waste management operations. Holder of a PhD in Green Logistics with 15 years of industrial and academic experience in the UK and abroad

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.