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City logistics comprise the delivery and collection of goods in urban areas. Improving city logistics may address transportation methods, handling and storage of goods, management of inventory, waste and returns, as well as home delivery services.

Making this process sustainable requires efficient interfaces between long-haul transport and short-distance distribution to the final destination. It also requires efficient planning of the routes to avoid empty runs or unnecessary driving and parking. Furthermore, sustainable urban freight requires smaller, more efficient and cleaner vehicles.

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By Francesco Ripa / Updated: 29 Aug 2018

ASSURED workshop: Strategies & needs on EV fast charging infrastructure for urban freight

Registration is now open for the ASSURED workshop which will discuss strategies and needs of cities and operators for upscaling electric full-size commercial fleets and fast charging infrastructure, with a focus on urban freight and service trips.

By rswa178 / Updated: 29 Aug 2018

Cities invited to join CIVITAS urban mobility study visits

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City representatives are invited to apply to join two upcoming sustainable urban mobility study visits in Bristol (UK) and Stockholm (Sweden), organised by the CIVITAS Initiative.

The first study visit will take place in Bristol from 11-14 September and will comprise of site visits, which will enable participating cities to see first-hand the exciting sustainable urban mobility and urban development initiatives in the city.

By rswa178 / Updated: 23 Aug 2018

CIVITAS ECCENTRIC workshop - replicating sustainable urban mobility measures

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The CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project is holding a workshop from 17-18 September in Stockholm, Sweden, that will give participants insight into the innovative work being undertaken in its five project cities and advice on measure replication.

By rswa178 / Updated: 30 Aug 2018

CIVITAS Forum 2018

This year's CIVITAS Forum Conference will take place from 19-21 September in Umeå, Sweden. The 16th edition of Europe's premier sustainable mobility event will bring together the CIVITAS community from across the continent and beyond.

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 08 Aug 2018

Flanders considering allowing cities to create Ultra Low Emission Zones

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Cities in the Belgian region of Flanders could soon be given the go-ahead to implement Ultra-Low Emission Zones (ULEZs) in order to improve air quality. Within an ULEZ cities would be able to impose access restrictions on both diesel and petrol fuelled vehicles in urban areas. Only zero-emission vehicles would be allowed into the ULEZ.

By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 30 Jul 2018

Contractual status of home delivery workers is officially recognised in Italian law

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Italian 'riders', i.e. those delivering goods purchased online and take-away food to homes by bike or scooter, now have their contractual status officially recognised in the Italian national contract for those working in logistics, the transport of goods and shipments. The professional status of the rider was introduced for the first time in the most recent amendment to the National Collective Labour Contract in December 2017. The drafting of the relevant article, following long negotiations with trade unions and employers associations, was concluded in mid-July 2018.

By Imogen / Updated: 25 Jul 2018

Cleaner, Connected and Competitive: How Can This be the Future for Europe's Freight Transport Networks?

Freight transport is crucial for Europe’s economic activity but it also increases transport fuel consumption and raises CO2 emissions. With road freight transport accounting for 25 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the EU, enhancing freight mobility for better connectivity, efficiency, and competitiveness is necessary. Also, embracing innovation by European industries will be important if Europe wants stay on par with the U.S and China during the ongoing transport revolution.

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 18 Jul 2018

Dutch government presents new rules for harmonisation of environmental zones

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Municipalities in the Netherlands that plan to introduce an environmental zone will now only have two options; access restrictions can only be imposed on diesel fuelled passenger vehicles and vans older than 15 years or older than 20 years, as well as to freight vehicles. No access restrictions can be imposed on petrol vehicles.

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 02 Jul 2018

The municipality of Rotterdam ends access restrictions to passenger cars

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The municipality of Rotterdam ends access restrictions to passenger cars in the city environmental zone. The decision was announced in the local the Coalition Agreement presented on 26 June by the newly elected local government.

Access restrictions for petrol cars built before 1 January will be lifted as of 1 July, 2018, whereas restrictions applying to diesel cars built before 1 January, 2001, will be lifted 1 January, 2020.

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 12 Jul 2018

First cities to join the Urban Air Mobility initiative

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Only one month after Geneva committed to becoming the first city to join the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Initiative, the cities of Hamburg, Ghent and Ingolstad have also joined the initiative. UAM aims to develop the market for this new dimension in urban mobility, which could help address unmet mobility user needs and offer new opportunities for European companies.