Abstract: We investigate the Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows (VRPTW) under an eco-friendly framework that demands the delivery of balancedandcompact customer clusters. We present a new approach consisting of three major phases: (i) a first clustering of customers with compatible time windows; (ii) a second clustering of customers with close geographic proximity based on various methods (natural cuts, KaHIP, quad trees); (iii) a refinement phase that either splits a cluster into smaller ones, or merges clusters to form a bigger compact cluster. Our approach turns out to be beneficial when used in an on-line environment, where changes to the initial tour are requested (add a new customer to the tour or drop some customers). The new method serves as a warm starting point for re-evaluating and further optimizing the solution of VRPTW. Experiments with real data sets demonstrate that our approach compares favorably with standard approaches that start from a basic (cold) solution.