As part of the investment plan France 2030, piloted and financed by the State and the Banque des Territoires, the urban logistics project on the ZAC Gratte-Ciel city center in Villeurbanne, called “logistics in a peaceful dense district”, was selected to be one of the 30 winners of the second wave of the call for expressions of interest “Sustainable city demonstrators”. Carried by the Metropolis of Lyon and piloted by the SERL, developer of the ZAC in contact with the City of Villeurbanne, this project displays the ambition to combine the intensification of exchanges and the improvement of the living environment even in the centers -urban cities. “We are proud of this new recognition for our actions in the metropolitan area. Thanks to the support provided within the framework of France 2030, we will be able to test innovative projects on a large scale, with the aim of being able to replicate them in other territories of the metropolis afterwards. On the ZAC Gratte-Ciel, the urban redevelopment project is progressing in parallel with these logistical tests. Eventually, travel will be profoundly modified, as in several other metropolitan areas. Lyon routes, new tram lines… so many facilities that will change collective habits and that will have a positive impact on the living environment »declares Béatrice Vessiller, vice-president of Lyon Metropolis for urban planning and the living environment.
Building sustainable logistics in a sustainable city
The ZAC Gratte-Ciel project aims to densify the city center of Villeurbanne over an additional eight hectares by 2030. As an extension of the existing city center, the future district will accommodate 1,800 inhabitants, 1,600 students, 50 new businesses and 200 jobs. “The ZAC Gratte-Ciel project innovates by anticipating the flow of goods that it will generate, during and then after construction. It prepares the conditions for carbon-free and better rationalized logistics, fully consistent with the action of the Metropolis on the regulatory front (low-emissions zone, logistics plan for goods and services)”explains Jean-Charles Kohlhaas, vice-president of the Métropole de Lyon for intermodality, logistics and transport of goods in the city.
The project leaders, as well as their public and private partners, including logistics and circular economy players, believe that it is possible to make it an area that creates opportunities rather than a vector of nuisance ( noise, pollution, waste). This will involve deploying innovative concepts in terms of urban logistics and site logistics: creating by 2024 a sober and efficient site organization model in urban centers in terms of logistics and waste management ; develop by 2027 a new model for supplying dense urban centers based on the use of active modes over the last kilometres; demonstrate by 2027 that it is possible to offer a quality living environment in urban centers thanks to public spaces free of motor vehicle traffic; finally, develop the logistics and circular economy sectors in the territory by 2030.