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Urban Freight Logistics

Promoting energy-efficient city logistics and innovative schemes for goods distribution that contribute to better overall urban transport

A significant amount of traffic in our cities is generated by the delivery of goods to shops, factories, offices, hotels, etc. These vehicles take up more space than cars and require space to load and unload.

The thematic group looks at overall strategies to create cleaner and better freight transport in cities.

Key areas of interest include: 

  • Low/zero emission vehicles for UFL
  • Best practices in UFL planning: SULPs, integration of UFL in SUMPs
  • Stakeholders' engagement, public-private cooperation
  • UFT data collection and management, and the role of ITS for UFL
  • Innovative schemes and business models for UFL: consolidation, e-commerce, sharing economy, (joint) procurement plans and actions.

 

The CIVITAS Policy Note “Making urban freight more sustainable” aims to raise awareness and increase knowledge of urban freight issues and challenges by providing a general overview of urban freight issues and definitions, as well as, indications of future trends. 

You can download the Policy note here.
 

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For more information on Thematic Group Urban Freight Logistics please contact Giacomo Lozzi

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Submitted by Sebastián PERNET on 22/12/2016

Youth For Public Transport (Y4PT) Foundation, with the support of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and its members, and following the long-standing tradition of Y4PT Youth Lab series, is promoting the organization of local transport hackathons around the world, by combining the best of boundless human creativity and the benefits of current information and communications technologies (ICTs) in collaborative environments, with the aim of advancing transport sector towards sustainability.

Winners from each local transport hackathon will join other Canada-based hackers at the 1st Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Montreal 2017 ( http://www.y4pt.org/projects/hackathon ) in the framework of the 62nd UITP Global Public Transport Summit Montreal 2017 – the world’s oldest and leading sustainable transport event – to contest in a final round for unveiling the world’s best ground-breaking transport solutions.

More than 20 major cities around the world are hosting the first local transport hackathons. Other cities are also welcome to join.

Different local stakeholders such as universities, youth groups, ICT companies, transport operators, authorities, start-up mentors and hackers are called to collaborate with Y4PT and to be part of the world’s first ever global transport hackathon.

Everyone is invited to get on board. This is an one-off opportunity to show to your audience and users how important is for you to support this kind of events where innovation and creativity is putting forward new ICT-related solutions to boost both the private sector business performance and the public sector policy efficacy, and thus to unlock new opportunities to expand, diversify and renew your organization’s portfolio of products and services.

Further information on the 1st Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Montreal 2017 at http://www.y4pt.org/projects/hackathon , or or please contact: Mr. Sebastián PERNET, Co-Founder and Treasurer of Y4PT Foundation, sebastian.pernet@y4pt.org .

Follow up the Y4PT Transport Hackathon series on social networking/media websites ( http://www.y4pt.org/social-networks ) such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube by using the hashtag #Y4PThackathon .

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Submitted by Eileen O'Connell on 03/08/2016

The EVIDENCE Project has researched and published the economic evidence for sustainable mobility measures. For those involved in training and educating the next generation of transport professionals, the project has made available course material on 7 sustainable mobility themes. These can be downloaded from the project website to be incorporated into your course framework. 

http://www.evidence-project.eu/index.php/resources/training-materials

 
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Submitted by Eileen O'Connell on 13/06/2016
The EVIDENCE project has analysed the economic evidence in more than 20 reports and papers on Urban Freight initiatives. Most evidence focuses on Urban Freight Consolidation Centres (UFCCs), showing positive impacts, in terms of cost savings and better service to logistics operators and final customers. UFCC Interventions are often small-scale with few impacts at city scale. Better economic assessment of schemes will require greater understanding of supply chain costs and benefits associated with urban freight measures. Commercial sensitivities, the lack of standardized evaluation and the experimental nature of some freight initiatives can make assessment more difficult. To access this evidence on urban freight and other sustainable mobility initiatives, and to download the reports and reviews, please visit www.evidence-project.eu
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Submitted by Caterina Di Bartolo on 22/01/2016

The “sharing” paradigm is shaking up the global economy scenario. People across the world are daily sharing an increasing number of material objects and immaterial services (from clothes and tools to houses, working spaces and also professional skills). This revolution is affecting all the economic sectors, though at a different pace. No doubt the mobility sector is among the ones facing the greatest and revolutionary changes.

Although sharing options have always been available for transport, first with Public Transport and taxis and more recently with car or bike-sharing and car-pooling services, what is happening in these past few years is a radical change in the way all of us could rethink our mobility habits. Thanks to most advanced communication technologies (internet, social media and ITS) and to their integration, is now easier and immediate to find opportunities to share rides, vehicles (cars and bikes) and also parking spaces. Mobility is starting to be considered as a “unique “service and people across European cities are now looking for the best mobility options (and a combination of them), with a flexible approach un-known before.

So, disruptive changes are coming: how cities can adapt and actively react to these changes in order to exploit all the potential benefits of these changes towards the achievement of a sustainable urban mobility?  How transport policies can offer and answer to the needs of people and to their increasing bent to share mobility? Which are the most interesting solutions and good practices have been adopted by cities at the forefront?

Sharing mobility is an hot topic: starting with the past @CIVITAS FORUM 2015 “Sharing the city”, to a number of upcoming events (@ the 3rd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans on 12nd-13rd April 2016 in Bremen and @ECOMM – European Conference on Mobility Management from 1st to 3rd June 2016 in Athens) the theme has been debated and continues to be debated among transport experts, politicians, professionals and representatives from urban, regional and national levels.

CIVITAS WIKI is now drafting a policy note on this topic with the aim to provide a brief but smart tool for cities offering a comprehensive overview on shared-mobility concepts, applications and practices (both the more consolidated and the innovative ones) to support decision/policy makers and urban mobility professionals in mobility planning.

Scope of this collaborative interaction is then to collect further resources, hints and suggestions, links to practical city experiences and, obviously, opinions and comments on this topic.

For sharing your ideas, resources and thoughts on sharing mobility, please contact Simone Bosetti and Caterina Di Bartolo.

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Submitted by Caterina Di Bartolo on 21/10/2015

In the last months, the CIVITAS Urban Freight Logistics Thematic Group has been working on the topic of making urban freight logistics more sustainable. We have collected, analyzed, elaborated and shared inputs, experiences and perspectives from/with the CIVITAS community and beyond.

Most of the efforts have been directed to the preparation of the Fifth CIVITAS Policy Note: Making Urban Freight Logistics more sustainable, with most relevant contents showed in also in a dedicated infographic.

Other interesting documents are also available at the Urban Freight Logistics TG page under the “Resources” tab.

If you want to lean more, share your experience or propose new ideas, join the Group and discuss with your peers on CIVITAS Interactive.

 

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Submitted by Caterina Di Bartolo on 16/10/2015

Goods delivery vehicles make up a significant share of the traffic in European cities and are a major contributor to deteriorating air quality, rising carbon emissions and congestion. To tackle these problems cities have different solution at disposal to implement. Starting from CIVITAS I to CIVITAS Plus, some successful measures have been collected and results are reported here.  For more information on urban Freight Logistics, you can download the fifth Policy Note “Smart choices for cities: Making urban freight logistics more sustainable” from www.civitas.eu. 

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This year’s CIVITAS FORUM Conference will take place on 27-29 September 2017 in Torres Vedras, Portugal. The annual event brings together the CIVITAS community from across Europe: hundreds of mobility experts, actors and stakeholders, all of whom are devoted to the development of sustainable urba...

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The Pembina Institute, a Canadian environmental think-tank, just released the report “Improving Urban Freight Efficiency: Global best practices in reducing emissions in goods movement”.

This report looks at municipal and industry-led initiatives and s...

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Turin is promoting innovative approaches to achieve a sustainable freight transport strategy and to reduce the environmental impact of urban logistics by 20% in 2020. Kalamaria has an intense network of recreation, touristic and business activities, with a lack of integrated urban freight policy...

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The conference showed that intelligent planning for sustainable mobility puts people first! And "Intelligent Planning for Sustainable Mobility" was the theme of the 4th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans that took place on 29-30 March 2017 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. This main the...

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As part of the project, the Port of Antwerp is developing an integrated truck guidance system to reduce traffic congestion in the port area. Meanwhile, the City of Antwerp is introducing the “Smart ways to Antwerp” strategy, which encourages local companies to bring in innovative sustainable logi...

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On Wednesday 13th September 2017, the European projects CIVITAS ELIPTIC (www.eliptic-project.eu) and FREVUE (
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The final conference on Logistics Cloud will take place on 27th of September 2017 at Auditorium Karel Van Miert, Madou Tower, Place Madou 1, 1210 Brussels
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The London CITYLAB implementation is a trial of a scaling-up of a business model run by a large parcel carrier specialised in B2B deliveries (TNT) and a small ‘last-mile’ carrier specialised in electric freight deliveries (Gnewt Cargo)
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09/05/2017
The US Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Freight Management and Operations (HOFM) and the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport invite you to attend the first webinar in the Urban Freight Webinar Series:  “Noteworthy Practices of Public-Private Sector Col...
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The CIVITAS NOVELOG Turin Workshop ‘Green solutions for urban logistics’ is the fourth of six NOVELOG city workshops. It includes a technical visit of 5T (Telematic Technologies Transports Traffic Torino), to show how the vehicles involved in the NOVELOG project are monitored by the traffic control...
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The FREVUE project will organise its first technical webinar on Friday 17 March 2017, from 11.00 to 12.00 (CET). The FREVUE partner SINTEF will present during this webinar the main results of a study on the technical assessment of electric vehicles used for daily logistics operations. The presentati...
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CIVITAS QUOTES: Sustainable urban freight mobility

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CIVITAS QUOTES: Increasing efficiency in goods distribution

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CIVITAS QUOTES: A “platform” for loading/unloading bays

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CIVITAS QUOTES: Consolidating urban deliveries

Policy Recommendations For EU Sustainable Mobility Concepts based on CIVITAS Experience

The Policy Recommendations present the main findings arising from the evaluation of the CIVITAS Plus Collaborative Projects (CPs), which ran from 2008-2012.

This publication was written under the auspices of the CIVITAS POINTER project, which supported five collaborative projects (CP s) implemented within the framework of the third edition of the CIVITAS programme. Evaluation and monitoring were the key stones of CIVITAS POINTER. Drawing from first-hand, corroborated statistical evidence gathered from participating cities, this publication presents the results of the CIVITAS Plus cross-site evaluation and policy assessment. These findings support the development of clear European-level policy recommendations that have the potential for being embraced by all European cities — not just those which make up the CIVITAS community.

The document seeks to identify factors that can boost the effectiveness and consistency of future strategies, thereby securing greater sustainability in urban mobility patterns. Policy makers are provided with contemporary facts for debating purposes, and a number of conclusions and recommendations based on lessons learnt from CIVITAS Plus are put forward.

Giving back the public space to the people - Mobility measures in Vitoria-Gasteiz

In the context of the next CIVITAS study tour hosted by the city of  Vitoria-Gasteiz on the 196&20 June 2014, an interested document presenting the mobility measures implmented by the city has been created:  

The main measures presented:

  • Superblocks project;
  • Traffic calming measures;
  • Freight distribution areas and limitations;
  • New Public transport network;
  • Local Bicycle Mobility Plan.

Should you have any question, please contac:

Environmental Studies Centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz

Asier Sarasua Garmendia asarasua@vitoria-gasteiz.org

 

 

DG MOVE European Commission: Study on Urban Freight Transport

The aim of this study is to review existing and planned practices and measures relating to the urban section of the freight transport chain across the Member States of the EU with a view to determine whether, to what extent and in which form, action at the European level can be envisaged to promote successful solutions and improve the performance of freight transport.

Planning and Design for sustainable urban mobility – Chapter 4 URBAN GOODS TRANSPORT

Urban goods transport, also known as urban Freight  distribution, concerns a vast range of activities insuring an adequate level of service for a variety of urban supply chains.

This document reviews the trends and conditions of goods transport in urban areas, both within the formal and informal sectors. It outlines the fundamental contribution of goods transport for urban life, and points to the externalities generated by the sector.

The full document PLANNING AND DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN MOBILITY is available

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE: Urban Goods Transport

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE: Urban Goods Transport

Third CIVITAS MIMOSA Policy Statement 2010 on Urban Freight Distribution

Policy Advice Note Logistics

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Cluster Report Logistics and Goods Distribution

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The thematic group looks at overall strategies to create cleaner and better freight transport in cities.

For more information on Thematic Group Urban Freight Logistics please contact Giacomo Lozzi

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