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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 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.

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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.
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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).

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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.

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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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Currently, most of the deliveries of goods to and from Munich city centre and outside Munich are made by motorized delivery vehicles. Due to tremendous traffic volume, lack of space and congestion in Munich, deliveries are always under logistical pressure and punctuality is a challenge. The micro...

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09/05/2017
The Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Freight Management and Operations (HOFM) and the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport invites you to attend the first webinar in the Urban Freight Webinar Series: “Noteworthy Practices in Urban Freight Planning: Exa...
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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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05/04/2017
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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27/01/2017
The CIVITAS Citylab project (www.citylab-project.eu) would like to invite you along to this fantastic opportunity to hear from some of the leading Transport and Logistics specialists from the South Coast of England. The day will highlight what the UK partners have been working on, including: Benefit...
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The CIVITAS NOVELOG Barcelona Workshop ‘New approaches to urban goods deliveries on-street and off-street’ is the third of six NOVELOG city workshops. It includes a site visit of one of the micro-platforms that are part of the NOVELOG pilot demonstration. Like the previous ones (in Graz and Rome) it...
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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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