Newcastle Stakeholder Workshop - November 2012
The first Smartfusion Stakeholder Workshop took place place in Newcastle on 13th November 2012. The workshop was attended by twenty-five delegates, representing local policy makers, freight operators, industry stakeholders, and experts. During the course of this workshop, participants had the opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge of urban freight transport.
The day was in two parts: a morning of presentations, including ITS Tools for Urban Freight Distribution (PTV), Innovative Vehicles Technologies for City Logistics (Smith Electric) and Urban Consolidation Centres (Clipper Logistics), followed by an afternoon session consisting of stakeholder consultation, in line with the Smartfusion Design and Monitoring Framework (DMF) process.
The Workshop had the following objectives:
- Devise an action plan for future freight operations in Tyne & Wear, based on the needs of all stakeholders.
- Identify what ‘success’ in sustainable urban freight looks like
- Introduce monitoring systems to save energy and money; furthermore increase sustainability at a company and city-region level.
Stuart Gair (Product Support Manager, Smith Electric Vehicles Europe)
explaining the operation of the Smith 'Newton’ zero-emission van.
This workshop was the start of a two-phase city assessment to allow stakeholders to share knowledge and resources for cleaner, more efficient goods movement, both in the city and in the wider region.
Tom Zunder (Smartfusion Co-ordinator) with the Smith 'Newton' electric vehicle.