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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.

More information

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

Join the group by clicking the blur banner 'Become a member' on the right-hand side of this page.

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 ( ) 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 , or or please contact: Mr. Sebastián PERNET, Co-Founder and Treasurer of Y4PT Foundation, .

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

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.

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
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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 

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Registration is now open for the CIVITAS Forum 2021! Hosted by Aachen (Germany), this year’s event will take place on 20–21 October and use a hybrid format (online and in-person).

Author: Richard Adams
10/06/2021 - 08:04

In June, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) is holding five consultation workshops on the new Urban Mobility Initiative.

Author: Richard Adams
04/06/2021 - 09:31

Increasing resilience in our cities means making sure that our cities can deal with unforeseen circumstances. In the case of transport systems, we need to find ways to equip them with tools to face future crises that might arise from climate change, geopolitical tensions or other disruptions.

Author: Laura Schubert
26/05/2021 - 12:10

Since 2016, 16 cities from across Europe have implemented and rigorously evaluated 175 sustainable mobility measures. Cities, policy makers and practitioners looking to advance green transport are invited to learn from their work, whose insights are now available online.

Author: Laura Schubert
25/05/2021 - 08:39

One of the working groups will join forces on heavy duty electric vehicles focusing on waste collection, street cleaning and maintenance and their recharging infrastructure.

Waste collection, street cleaning, and maintenance vehicles are used on a daily basis in urban area...

Author: Richard Adams
29/03/2021 - 19:57
This workshop allows urban mobility practitioners and stakeholders to have their say on policy and priorities being addressed at the European level related to urban freight transport and logistics, and on specific actions to be included in the European Commission’s Urban Mobility Initiative.
This online Eltis training session builds upon the recently-published SUMP Topic Guide “Planning for more resilient and robust urban mobility” and involves several CIVITAS (and other) projects that have implemented resilient measures in their pilot cities.
02/12/2020 to 03/12/2020
Following a record-breaking conference in Brussels, which brought together over 600 participants in November 2019, the 2020 Polis Annual Conference will take place in Arnhem-Nijmegen City Region, Netherlands, on 2-3 December 2020.  The Polis Annual Conference provides an opportunity for cities and...
The upcoming webinar from LEAD examines the urban freight project's Digital Twins concept.
An upcoming webinar from the new ULaaDs project (Urban Logistics as an On-Demand Service) will explore urban logistics solutions in a post-COVID-19 world. “Due to the corona situation, people buy significantly more online,” says Dr. Thomas Nobel, managing director tbnlr (to-be-now-logistics-resear...
29/09/2020 to 02/10/2020
In light of the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission's Urban Mobility Days Conference in 2020 will be held as a fully digital event. 
We live in the world where goods and services have become more available than ever. Yet across Europe and the world, achieving low- and zero-emission urban goods delivery has remained difficult. However, new clean freight vehicles and fuel technologies, innovative business models and efficient suppl...

CIVITAS Policy Note “Making urban freight more sustainable”

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. 


CIVITAS QUOTES: Sustainable urban freight mobility


CIVITAS QUOTES: Increasing efficiency in goods distribution


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


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



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.


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