Invited Session: Climate Change

Electric Cargo Bikes as Climate Smart Innovation for City Cleaning

Monday, September 25, 2017
15:30 – 16:00
Convention Center

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.


Lukas Schaefer, Coordinator for Research, Stadtreinigung Hamburg, Germany

Lukas Schaefer

Lukas Schaefer works at the municipal waste management company of Hamburg in Northern Germany. He studied urban environmental management at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Mr. Schaefer wrote his Master’s thesis in collaboration with a Dutch waste management company on the topic of value added organic waste treatment to generate bio-plastics from it. Previously, Mr. Schaefer worked in the United Kingdom, Hungary, Germany and India on the diverse challenges of waste management. During these work assignments he worked for a municipality, a German government agency, an international consulting firm, a research organization and a circular start-up.