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Distribution schemes

Smart goods delivery

The delivery of goods makes up a significant share of traffic in European cities with multiple economic benefits. Nevertheless, the freight sector is also a major contributor to deteriorating air quality, rising carbon emissions and congestion. Industrial and harbour cities are especially affected by the freight and logistics sector, as are areas near major construction projects. Historical cities with small or cobbled streets deal with specific challenges inrelation to freight.

In the field of urban freight CIVITAS cities worked on distribution schemesand fleet management including cleaner fleets. This highlight offers insights on the former.

Distribution schemes aim for more efficiency of goods delivery, while relying on information systems that support the use of clean road vehicles, bikes and boats. Innovative logistics plans require cooperation from local authorities with logistics providers and they can include a wide range of actions, such as consolidation of goods including urban distribution centres, delivery time windows, delivery to home or park-and-ride sites, consolidation of goods and piping logistics.

Better coordination of freight logistics can save money and time for companies and consignees by reducing mileage and alleviating road congestion. Productivity can be increased by streamlining collection and delivery processes. But there are also multiple positive effects for the city itself which makes taking a pro-active role among city authorities increasingly important: more safety, less pollution, less noise.

CIVITAS encourages innovative approaches to efficient urban freight shipment.The CIVITAS Initiative has therefore realised 40 measures in 30 different cities on freight distribution schemes from 2002 to 2012. Read the CIVITAS highlight to learn about  some of the most successful and eye-catching among these to inspire other European cities.