Freight and Urban Logistics

Fast and reliable delivery of goods must be assured to keep our urban centres vital. At the same time, delivery vehicles are a significant cause of urban air pollution and congestion; many are also over-dimensioned for the actual delivery need. Due to the increase in online shopping, delivery vehicles can now also often be seen in residential streets – bringing transport-related impacts as well as impacts on quality of life more generally.


Introduction to city logistics
Description Target audience
Urban freight transport and city logistics are important elements of urban mobility; however they are often disregarded by city planners. The objective of this course is to provide knowledge as well as good practice examples and solutions for this key area of city and transport planning.[SOLUTIONS, 2015] Those who are relatively new to city logistics who want to better integrate city logistics and urban freight into transport and city policies and planning and make city logistics more efficient and sustainable.
How to encourage increased electric mobility in the logistics sector
Description Target audience
Electric vehicles in the logistics sector are a matter for the private sector. But does this mean there is nothing a city can do to encourage electric delivery vehicles? This course addresses the question of how cities can work with the private sector and what role the public sector can/should play in encouraging and supporting further electrification in the logistics sector.[TIDE, 2014] Practitioners in local administrations across Europe with limited knowledge or experience in area but who are interested in seeing electric vehicles used for logistics in their cities.

Pathways to Zero-Emission Zones for Freight 

DescriptionTarget audience

SURF (Sustainable URban Freight) project guides city planners, business leaders and other freight decision-makers to develop a vision and strategy pathway for sustainable freight. In the framework of capacity building activities, SURF project organises an e-course and a series of learning and peer-to-peer activities, that are aimed to equip local and national policy makers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and operators with the skills and knowledge required to develop, implement and operate ZEZ-F. The course is primarily designed for city and regional authorities but aims to provide a solid knowledge basis for any stakeholder involved in urban freight operations. The course will be openly available to all the public.

Additional resources

Condensed roadmap for the Transport White Paper on Long-Distance Freight
Description Target audience
Proposed measures, actions and milestones towards the White Paper goal on Long-distance Freight: "Thirty per cent of road freight over 300 km should shift to other modes such as rail or waterborne transport by 2030, and more than 50 % by 2050, facilitated by efficient and green freight corridors. To meet this goal will also require appropriate infrastructure to be developed." Relevant for companies, associations, NGOs that are involved with EU policy making related to freight and logistics.
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