Data Sharing for Decarbonizing Freight Transportation in the City of Rotterdam

The city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands has committed to improving air quality and reducing its emissions by 49% by 2030, and 95% by 2050 in line with Paris Agreement objectives. To achieve this vision, the city of Rotterdam has proposed a Roadmap for Zero Emissions City Logistics (ZECL) to develop mid-to-long-term solutions, starting with a medium-sized zero-emission zone for logistics by 2025. We are working with the city government to harness collaborative business solutions, particularly on data sharing, for improving freight efficiency that will help business transition toward the creation of the Zero Emission Freight Zone by 2025.  

    The challenge

    Increased efficiency in the city logistics system can only be achieved through collaborative and coordinated efforts. Data-driven solutions can be deployed for optimized freight consolidation, improved routing and better space or asset management. However, concerns about competition and privacy, and the need to maintain current operational key performance indicators (KPIs), can mean actors are averse to sharing data. Aligning stakeholders will require verification of potential benefits of data sharing, both in terms of increased economic and societal value.  

    The business case

    We estimate that collaboration between operators using shared data platforms and freight exchange can yield cost savings of up to 20% and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of up to 32%. Our members’ global expertise and perspective, the City of Rotterdam’s strong vision and a committed group of local stakeholders, present an ideal platform for testing new technologies, operational models, and governance structures to improve freight efficiency. This work offers an opportunity to create a scalable template for collaborative action and to advocate for policies that can channel new technological solutions toward meeting our collective sustainability goals. 

    The solution

    In collaboration with Rotterdam, we facilitate data sharing among stakeholders to improve freight efficiency through the simulation of multiple use cases. We invite interested companies to join the next phase of the collaboration with Rotterdam where we will identify KPIs and methods to measure the impact of coordinated data sharing and identify the best operational and policy approaches. Together we will define the architecture of this data-sharing collaborative, including rules for data collection and merging, standards-setting procedures, and the governance and accountability structure. 

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