Meet SENATOR’s “sister” projects: LEAD and ULaaDS

The three new CIVITAS projects, funded under the same Horizon 2020 call, will collaborate to better inform their research development to build a vision of future on-demand urban logistics

SENATOR, LEAD and ULaaDS are part of CIVITAS, a network of cities dedicated to cleaner and better transport in Europe and beyond. Since it was launched by the European Comission in 2002, the CIVITAS Initiative has tested and implemented over 800measures and urban transport solutions as part of demonstration projects in more than 80 Living Lab cities Europe Wide. The three projects are considered “sister” projects because they are research projects that run under CIVITAS 2020 Initiative, that focus on establishing new knowledge or exploring the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution related to transport.

Moreover, SENATOR, LEAD and ULaads are Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) funded under the same Horizon 2020 call: LC-MG-1-10-2019 Logistics solutions that deal with requirements of the ‘on demand economy’ and for shared-connected and low-emission logistics operations. Their research have the challenge of prioritizing and combining competing interests from the private side and public (policy) side in urban, metropolitan and peri-urban areas. This are experiencing a huge increase in demand for new logistics solutions that deal with the requirements of the ‘on demand economy’ and incorporate opportunities for shared, connected and low-emission logistics operations. Actions will result in a clear understanding of cost effective (non-vehicle technology based) strategies, measures and tools to achieve essentially zero emission city logistics in major European urban centres by 2030.

The three projects will be in constant collaboration to better inform about their research development and to build a vision of future on-demand urban logistics.

Know more about the SENATOR’s “sister” projects:

LEAD: Digital Twins for low emission last mile logistics

36 months | 25 partners | 10 countries | 6 Living Labs | 60+ models


LEAD project will create Digital Twins of urban logistics networks in six TEN-T urban nodes (Madrid, The Hague, Lyon, Budapest, Oslo, Porto), to support experimentation and decision making with on-demand logistics operations in a public-private urban setting.

City logistics solutions will be represented by a set of value case scenarios that address the requirements of the on-demand economy and the pressures caused by the increase of parcel deliveries while aligning competing interests and creating value for all different stakeholders. Each value case will combine a number of measures coined as LEAD Strategies to cover the complete dynamics and complexity of a city’s logistics challenges.

The project was launched in June 2020 and it is coordinated by ETM Madrid.

Find more information about the project here.

ULaaDS: Urban Logistics as an on-Demand Service

35 months | 24 partners | 9 countries | 3 Pilot Cities | 4 Satellite Cities


ULaaDS project offers a new approach to system innovation in urban logistics. It aims to develop sustainable and liveable cities through re-localisation of logistics activities and re-configuration of freight flows at different scales.

To materialise this vision, ULaaDS will create 5 new urban logistics business models and schemes (Containerised Last-Mile, Marketplace for City Logistics, City-Wide UFT Platform, and Location, Infrastructure and Vehicle Capacity Sharing) within 3 “lighthouse” pilot cities: Bremen, Mechelen, Groningen – plus 4 “satellite” cities: Alba Iulia, Bergen, Edinburgh, Rome – and assess their social, environmental and economic impact.

They will assess their economic, environmental and social impact, converting the findings into decision support tools and guidelines to be taken up by other urban areas. It aims to allow both people and businesses to seamlessly use alternative models of shopping and delivery.

The project was launched in September 2020 and it is coordinated by Freie Hansestadt Bremen.

Find more information about the project here



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