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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 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.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 20 Jun 2018

FREVUE: testing electric vehicles in real-world urban logistics operations

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In September 2017, the co-funded European Project FREVUE concluded its 4.5-year, large-scale initiative to test electric vehicles (EVs) in real-world urban logistic operations. The trials took place in eight European cities that were selected to demonstrate EVs in a range of climatic conditions, differing urban environments and distinctive local policy settings.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 27 Jun 2018

UK competition: Future Fuels for Flight and Freight winners announced

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The UK's Department for Transport have recently announced the winners of stage one of the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C).  The competition was designed to increase domestic production of advanced low carbon fuels for the aviation and HGV sectors as well as stimulate investment and create UK jobs. One of the objectives of the scheme is to demonstrate significant greenhouse gas reduction in comparison to fossil fuel, giving the highest standards of sustainability.

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 13 Jun 2018

Plugboat 2018

There are clearly a lot of activities related to electric boats happening all around the world but no one can find a place where the different actors could meet to:

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 13 Jun 2018

Great awards for great cities: does your city have what it takes?

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The European Commission recognises cities that take bold measures to tackle environmental and social challenges with City Awards.  

These prestigious awards promote and reward the efforts that individual cities make in a wide range of areas from fair and ethical trade, accessibility, environmental sustainability and transport, tourism, to innovation and tackling cultural challenges.

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 23 May 2018

Logistics provider GLS tests eScooters in Dortmund

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The logistics provider GLS is testing a new means of delivering its services in a way that is carbon emission free. In the inner city of Dortmund, a new delivery vehicle called “eScooter” is now being used in real world tests. The vehicle is a tricycle offering 750 litre capacity and a velocity of up to 45 km/h – but uses only electric power to avoid noise and emissions of local air pollutants and greenhouse gases.

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 01 May 2018

24th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment

The International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment has been successfully reconvened for nearly 25 years, always attracting a wide international spread of delegates. It is well-established as the premier event of its type.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 26 Apr 2018

Study on Urban Logistics - "The integrated perspective"

Study from the European Commission - Mobility and Transport Directorate General with the objective to develop guidance documents including best practices on six different aspects of urban logistics. The target group being local and regional administrations. Each topic includes one non-binding guidance document and one technical report (more detailed). The final report "The integrated perspective" binds the non-binding guidance documents together and comprise all recommendations (13 deliveries in total):

This final report covers;

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By Tom Nokes / Updated: 24 Apr 2018

Urban Mobility Index ranks 100 global cities

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Arthur D Little recently released their Future of mobility 3.0 report, which considers recent societal and technological trends alongside new mobility solutions. The report also updates the Arthur D Little’s Urban Mobility Index, increasing the scope of the index to 100 cities and expanding the assessment criteria. The index scores cities using 27 indicators to assess mobility in urban areas according to ‘maturity’, ‘innovativeness’ and ‘performance’.

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