Category «Policies»

Amsterdam: the role of public procurement in city logistics

The City of Amsterdam has a policy framework for making mobility in the city more sustainable. The municipal procurement and tendering of facility goods and services can help shape the vision and policy for zero-emission transport. A report evaluated the procurement processes of facility goods and services and freight transport and logistics hubs for facility …

Integration of urban freight transport in city planning: lessons learned

A paper by Astrid Bjørgen and Marianne Ryghaug explores how governing bodies and planning authorities in Norway take urban freight transport into consideration in three different cities. Based on empirical studies of actors and processes relevant to city planning, the paper highlights challenges in integrating urban freight transport considerations in city planning. The paper demonstrates how different planning …

ZEVTC: 100% zero-emission freight vehicle sales in 2040

Heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are the transportation sector’s second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and its most significant source of air pollutant emissions globally. Given the large emissions footprint of HDVs, the Zero Emission Vehicle Transition Council (ZEVTC), whose membership represents countries accounting for about half of global vehicle sales and a quarter of global HDV …

Amsterdam bans quick commerce dark stores to industrial parks

Amsterdam bans the quick commerce dark stores of Getir, Flink, Zapp, and Gorillas to industrial parks. The dark stores are no longer welcome in residential areas or mixed residential-working areas with shopping, bars, and restaurants. A specific combination of concerns makes the establishment of dark stores in residential areas and mixed zones impossible, says the …

Where city logistics meets walkability

Like in many cities, the inner center of Amsterdam is transforming into a more attractive place for pedestrians and cyclists by creating more space for these slow modalities. Entrepreneurs see their profits growing since an attractive city center attracts more customers and business. However, shops and HoReCa need to be supplied as well. With more …

EU: cities along TEN-T network must support zero-emission city logistics

To support the transition to cleaner, greener, and smarter mobility, in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal, the European Commission adopted four proposals that will modernize the EU’s transport system. By increasing connectivity and shifting more passengers and freight to rail and inland waterways, by supporting the roll-out of charging points, alternative refueling …

NYC Council passes bills to curb online-delivery truck chaos

NYC Council members approved measures designed to reduce traffic chaos caused by trucks delivering goods purchased online. One of the moves aims to siphon off dedicated curb space for the likes of Amazon and UPS. The legislation requires the city Department of Transportation to institute loading-only parking spots in each neighborhood and develop “micro-distribution centers.” …

POLIS and ALICE launch joint guide for advancing together towards zero-emission city logistics by 2030

On 1 December 2021, at the POLIS Conference 2021, members from both POLIS and ALICE presented the main highlights of the joint guide: advancing together towards zero emissions urban logistics by 2030. The common vision of the POLIS-ALICE Urban Logistics Strategic dialogue is to lead the transformation of urban logistics in cities to respond to the pollution, congestion, safety, and …

New WHO Global Air Quality Guidelines aim to save millions of premature deaths from air pollution

Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, alongside climate change. New World Health Organization (WHO) Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs) provide evidence of air pollution’s damage to human health at even lower concentrations than previously understood. The guidelines recommend new air quality levels to protect the health of populations by …