Invited Session: Climate Change

Electric Cargo Bikes as Climate Smart Innovation for City Cleaning

Monday, September 25, 2017
15:30 – 16:00
Room 316

Moderator: Philip Heylen, Chairman of the Board, ISVAG, Belgium

Until today, transport activities from waste management and city cleaning have a large impact on urban quality of life, due to air pollution, noise and climate emissions. The municipal waste management of Hamburg, Stadtreinigung Hamburg (SRH) and the Institute of Transport Research (DLR) currently carry out a three-year project to analyze which processes in the field of city cleaning electric cargo-bikes can be used instead of combustion engine vehicles. The project reviews both established city cleaning processes, as well as new processes from new duties of the SRH. During the project, a strong focus lies on the applied innovation and change management within the organization. Involved stakeholders, such as workers and supervising staff, are integrated in the decision-making of selected cleaning processes to test the bikes, as well as in the design of the newly procured electric cargo-bikes. The goal of the project is to reduce the overall number of petrol powered vehicles necessary to carry out the growing activities for city cleaning in the City of Hamburg. With this approach, emissions generated through the city cleaning activities should be reduced significantly.

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to design new innovation processes in their organizations, especially regarding the installation and roll-out of new technologies such as electric vehicles. When new equipment is used because of environmental and/or economic reasons, the acceptance might low. Bringing together innovation and change management, where staff and stakeholders are integrated in the decision-making and design process, can help to improve acceptance, while also building up more culture in the organization.


Christian Rudolph, Research Associate, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Christian Rudolph

Dr. Christian Rudolph graduated in civil engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2006. Between 2006 and 2014 he worked as research associate at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), where he received his doctor’s degree in 2014. Since then he has been working in Berlin as research associate at the Institute of Transport Research at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Since 2017 he leads a research team on last mile logistics. His research focus includes “digitalization of transport”, “innovations on last mile distribution” and “freight transport planning”. He manages the research project TRASHH, which investigates possible applications of cargo bikes in public waste disposal companies.