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




According to the World Economic Forum, the demand for last-mile delivery is expected to grow 78% by 2030 and the number of delivery vehicles in the 100 largest cities to grow by 36% over the next decade. However, last mile delivery is far from promoting a sustainable society. Therefore, cities must rethink how to manage urban transport, logistics and allocation of space to different land uses to advance towards the achievement of sustainability targets, in line with the priorities of the Green Deal, while guaranteeing the viability and efficiency of the urban logistics operations.

UNCHAIN project boost the cooperation between public authorities and logistics stakeholders by implementing a standardised and reliable data exchange ecosystem that breaks data silos. Moreover, an innovative set of 12 urban logistics services are implemented to optimise the allocation of urban space, improve the policymaking capacity of local authorities and optimise network management and logistics operation. With UNCHAIN, both public authorities and transport operators benefit each other with cooperation schemes for sustainable urban freight transport policies and operations.

10 European cities 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, ensure large-scale impact and feasibility of the project results.

UNCHAIN has a budget of € 8.4 M (co-financed by the EU under the Horizon Europe program). With a duration of 42 months and a consortium made up of 18 partners, under the project coordination of ETRA I+D.



  1. ETRA Investigación y Desarrollo, S.A.
  2. Ayuntamiento de Madrid
  3. Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid S.A.
  4. Senate department for the environment, urban mobility, consumer protection and climate action (Berlin)
  5. VMZ Berlin betreibergesellschaft MBH
  6. Comune di Firenze
  7. Municipia SPA
  8. SPES Consulting SRL
  9. POLIS
  10. EIT KIC Urban Mobility SL
  11. Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia
  12. DHL Express Spain SL
  13. STAD Mechelen
  14. Hlavni Mesto Praha
  15. UPS Italia
  16. Camara Municipal do Funchal (Madeira)
  17. Riga City Council
  18. University of Lancaster

KEY WORDS: Unchain, Urban logistics, Data- driven, Urban planning, Policymaking, space management, logistic operators.