Almost all global trade originates from, traverses or is destined for a metropolitan area. However, very few cities and countries addressed the issues related to urban freight. There is a need for accelerated development and adoption of sustainable technology solutions (electric vehicles, shift to urban rail, boat, cargo bikes). But it is equally important that there is extensive cooperation among all stakeholders to implement a variety of available operational solutions.<!–more–
Public and private partners need to work together to achieve the long-term strategy of transitioning to zero emission urban freight. However, achieving such an ambition requires critical early actions. This whitepaper is a resource for stakeholders to design, plan and implement successful zero emission urban freight measures by 2025.
This document introduces a transformation methodology to help stakeholders to achieve local strategies for urban freight decarbonization. Although solutions are specific for each situation, and they must be tailored to each urban area, there are some common denominators. A five-step process methodology is detailed to facilitate joint action and risk alleviation when taking measures to reduce and eliminate urban freight emissions.
The whitepaper shows the major challenges and existing solutions to overcome them, such as the structure of the urban logistics sector, the ownership issues, and the lack of efficient implemented solutions. Each challenge is fully documented with identified solutions (aligned with the proposed methodology) and practical examples of real situations with implemented solutions. As well as proving their feasibility, this provides a wide array of knowledge and ideas for stakeholders.
At the end of the document, a solution-mapping grid summarises a best practice approach to transforming urban freight. It provides a qualitative assessment of the proposed solutions in terms of the anticipated level of investment, involvement and impact, and implementation timeframe.