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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.

By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 07 Nov 2018

A new model for urban food transportation in Athens: the U-TURN project


Population growth, congestion and environmental damage alongside increased use of home delivery services are challenging the traditional methods of freight urban logistics. According to CIVITAS Policy Note on Urban Freight Logistics (CIVITAS, 2015), freight urban logistics accounts for between 10 % and 15 % of the total distance travelled by urban road transport and emits approximately 6 % of all transport-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

By Carlos Gómez / Updated: 01 Nov 2018

Sustainable Urban Mobility Congress

This is the first edition of an international event that aims to lead a global reflection on the future of mobility and its impact on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the cities of the 21st century.

More than 40 speakers are expected to participate, who will address the main strategic aspects for the construction and consolidation of sustainable urban mobility systems, around three thematic axes:

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 03 Oct 2018

Micro depots in Meisengasse, Frankfurt am Main


With urban freight deliveries becoming more common due to a rapid increase in e-commerce, cities are looking for new ways to tackle increased congestion and pollution from increased numbers of light commercial vehicles (LCVs). One unusual approach that has been 'delivering' significant results is the micro-logistics approach to urban freight. The City of Frankfurt am Main, UPS, partners IHK Frankfurt am Main and House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) GmbH have been experimenting with bicycles in micro-logistics.

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By rswa178 / Updated: 03 Oct 2018
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


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


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



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



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.