Sustainable Logistics

Let’s reduce freight transport’s negative externalities.


What is Sustainable Logistic?

What is Logistics is the process of ensuring the efficient flow of raw materials, products being manufactured, finished goods and/or waste through all storage, distribution and consolidation points. It also includes the information and technologies related to this physical flow.

It is considered sustainable when it respects the following aspects:

  • Economical: reliable, and optimizes the use of resources and its positive impact/co-benefits on the local economy;
  • Social: accessible and fair (respectful of all stakeholders);
  • Environmental: which limits and progressively reduces GHGs, pollution, noise, waste, environmental and land footprint.

What to Do?

How Can We Promote Sustainable Logistics?

The RTI (reduce, transfer, improve) approach, recommended by many in the sustainable mobility industry, is a simple and effective guide.

The goal is to

  • Reduce or avoid the need for motorized trips and travel distances.
  • Transfer trips to less energy-intensive and lower GHG-emitting modes of transportation, such as cargo bikes.
  • Improve the efficiency of vehicles by reducing their carbon footprint, but also improve trips in terms of cost, quality and safety.

How to Proceed?

What Are the Levers of Action to Achieve Our Objectives?

  1. Practices

    Establish new practices such as consolidation, mutualization, decentralization and multimodality to reduce mileage and shift to more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.

  2. Technologies

    Development, adoption and integration of new technologies such as trucks and other small electric vehicles, road planning algorithms, etc.

  3. Infrastructures

    Build or develop new infrastructure such as bike paths, charging stations, and mini transshipment hubs to accelerate adoption of practices and technologies.

  4. Incentives and regulations

    The motivation to accelerate changes and facilitate new soft and light uses such as sustainable urban logistics.

  5. Ecosystem

    Federate and break down existing gaps in order to better understand and address the obstacles to the adoption of new practices and technologies.

+190 %

of GHG emissions from heavy vehicles in Quebec between 1991 and 2018.

Our Projects

Our Achievements in Sustainable Logistics

  • Envoi Montréal

    Envoi Montréal, in partnership with the CQCD, the City of Montreal and Jalon MTL, is a local and environmentally friendly urban delivery service that meets the needs of merchants on the island of Montreal.

  • Sustainable urban logistics project at Plaza Saint-Hubert

    This study, financed by the FAQDD, allowed us to understand the delivery issues associated with a commercial street in coexistence with the residents and local businesses. Several pilot projects such as Expedibox at Citrino and Locketgo on Place Boyer have resulted from this study.

  • Rainbow Delivery

    During the first full retail lockdown in March 2020, we helped set up a low-carbon delivery service to support local merchants and citizens. The result: more than 7,600 bike deliveries for over 90 businesses!

Sustainable Mobility Sector

Other MOBIS Programs

Here are the other programs in sustainable mobility developed by the MOBIS network.