Public University of Navarre

Academic year: 2019/2020 | Previous academic years:  2018/2019  |  2017/2018 
Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications Engineering at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Course code: 243006 Subject title: GREEN LOGISTICS FOR SMART CITIES
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Optative Year: 4 Period: 2º S
Department: Estadística, Informática y Matemáticas
LERA LOPEZ, FERNANDO   [Mentoring ] FAULIN FAJARDO, FCO. JAVIER (Resp)   [Mentoring ]

Partes de este texto:


Module/Subject matter

Industrial Management/Operations Research



This subject has the following basic contents: 1) An introduction to Logistics and Transportation 2) A detailed study of sustainability issues in mobility in smart cities. 3) Decision-making in urban mobility to goods delivery considering environmental impacts 4) Implications of sustainable transportation to the daily management of a smart city.



Transportation and logistics (T&L) activities represent a key sector in worldwide economies, and are a significant contributor to social and economic progress in modern societies. Hereby, T&L activities have a major impact in the development of so-called smart cities, where large quantities of data are gathered in real-time via electronic devices transmitted over the Internet. Due to its potential applications to real-life operations, one of the most recurrent topics in the T&L literature is that of modeling and optimizing tour assignments of vehicles. Moreover, modern T&L systems include heterogeneous fleets consisting of common internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEs) as well as other types of vehicles using green technologies, e.g., plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, electric vehicles (EVs), bicycles and tricycles (BT), and even unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. The incorporation of EVs, BTs, and UAVs in T&L activities also raise some additional challenges from the strategic, planning, and operational perspectives. We are going to study the impact of the use of the aforementioned devices in the general delivery actions of goods and merchandises in a smart city.


General proficiencies

G.1. Entrepreneurship and innovation

G.3. Self-learning

G.4. Efficiency in oral and written communications

G.5. Efficiency in the management of information resources

G.6. Ethical commitment and sustainability

G7. Ability to conceive, design, implement and operate systems and services in the field of Information Technologies and Communications

CB3. Students should be able to collect and interpret relevant information (usually within their study field) to suggest arguments taking into account relevant social, scientific or ethic issues

CB4. Students should be able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both a specialist and a non-specialist audience

CB5. Students should develop the learning skills needed to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy


Specific proficiencies

1.1  Ability to solve mathematical problems in engineering. Ability to apply theoretical knowledge on linear algebra, geometry, differential geometry, differential and integral calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations, numerical methods, numerical algorithms, statistics and optimization.

1.2  Basic knowledge about the use and programming of computers, operating systems, databases and computer programs applied to Engineering.

1.5 Knowledge of the nature of firms and their institutional and legal framework. Management and organization of firms.

2.2. Ability to use communication applications and computer (office, databases, advanced calculus, project management, visualization, etc.) to support the development and operation of networks, services and applications of telecommunications and electronics

2.3. Ability to use computer tools in search of bibliographic resources or information related to the telecommunications and electronics.


Learning outcomes

R03. Theoretical background for the decision-making.

R12. Tactical and strategic decisions related to the production/operations area.

R13. Basic knowledge of the strategic and operational problems of logistics and transport management.

R17. Use of computers software to calculate transportation routes.

R19. Basic knowledge of the smart cities design

R20. Basic knowledge of logistics and transportation from the economic and environmental points of view.

R24. Basic knowledge of the urban distribution of goods and merchandises, and their environmental implication

R25. Basic knowledge of sustainability strategies in waste management.

R28. Basic knowledge of the use of bikes and electric vehicles in urban logistics.



Methodology-Activity Class hours in the virtual campus Non class hours in the virtual campus
Reading and documents study 25  
Debates and group tutoring 10  
Individual study   30
Objective assessment tests 2  
Individual tutoring 3  
Assignments and study cases 20 60
TOTAL 60 90



The subject evaluation will be made taking into account the following criteria:


1.-Participation (20%): The active participation of the students in the subject will be highly considered. The students¿ interventions will be counted in the forums / blogs of the subject.

2.- Development of objective tests (20%): This type of tasks seeks to measure the process of knowledge acquisition in the subject, taking into account the point of departure of each student, and their progress.

3.- Case study developments (60%): The application of quantitative techniques to cases of real companies allows to show the real knowledge of the subject by the student. Each student will be asked to solve at least one practical case and will count for their realization of the teaching assistant's help. The resolution of these practical cases are mandatory for passing of the subject.


Learning outcomes Evaluation system Weight (%) Can be repeated?
All Course feedback 20% NO
All Objective tests 20% NO
All Cases study analysis 60% YES



PART I: Introduction to Logistics and Transportation.

Topic 1: Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Strategy and Planning.

Topic 2: Transport Fundamentals and Transport Decisions.

Topic 3: Decision Making in Logistics and Transport. Main computational algorithms to decision makings: routes optimization, supply chain management optimization, and facilities location decisions.


PART II: Green Logistics and Sustainable Transport in Smart Cities

Topic 4: Environmental sustainability in smart cities: An introduction.

Topic 5: Assessing the external impact of freight transport.  Evaluating and internalizing the environmental costs of Logistics.

Topic 6: Urban distribution and smart cities

Topic 7: Vehicle routing optimization under environmental objectives. Use of electric vehicles, bikes, and tricycles for the goods delivery.

Topic 8: Increasing fuel efficiency in the road freight sector with the purpose of sustainability. Alternative fuels and freight vehicles: status, costs and benefits, and growth.

Topic 9: Sustainability strategies for city logistics. Reverse logistics for the management of waste.

Topic 10: E-business, e-logistics, and the environment. Advanced themes in green logistics: distributions by drones, 3D printing, and peak freight.



Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.

a)         Bibliografía básica:

1)    Faulin, J., Grasman, S., Juan, A., Hirsch, P (2019): Sustainable Transportation and Smart Logistics: Decision Making Methods and Solutions. Elsevier. Cambridge. MA. USA

2)    McKinnon, A., Browne, M., Piecyk, M., Whiteing, A. (2015): Green Logistics. Improving the Environmental Sustainability of Logistics. Kogan Page Limited. London. UK.


b)        Bibliografía complementaria:

1)    Ballou, R.H. (2004): Business Logistics. Supply Chain Management. Prentice Hall. NJ.

2)    Coyle, J.J., Novak, R.A., Gibson, B., and Bardi, E.J. (2011): Transportation: A Supply Chain Perspective. South Western. Cencage Learning. Mason, OH

3)    Fahimnia, B., Bell, M.G.H., Hensher, D.A., Sarkis, J. (2015): Green Logistics and Transportation. A Sustainable Supply Chain Perspective. Springer. New York. NY.

4)    Faulin, J., Juan, A., Grasman, S. and Fry, M.J. (2013): Decision Making in Service Industries: A Practical Approach. CRC Press. Taylor and Francis Group. Boca Raton. FL.

5)    Psaraftis, H.N.(ed) (2016): Green Transportation Logistics. The Quest for Win-Win Solutions. Springer.London. UK.





Microsoft Excel ( )



English. A C1 level of English is recommended to follow this subject.



This subject will be completely taught on line by Mi Aulario ( platform