EcoLogistics: Low carbon freight for sustainable cities


Low carbon freight for sustainable cities
by: Itzel Obregon

Urban freight represents up to 25 percent of urban vehicles, takes up to 40 percent of motorized road space and contributes to up to 40 percent of urban transport-related CO2 emissions. Urban freight includes a wide variety of services, from waste collection trucks to construction trucks or commercial related trucks. Today, a growing number of cities are including urban freight in their plans to reduce their emissions.

ICLEI is starting a four-year EcoLogistics project involving cities in Argentina, Colombia, and India. The project will focus on enhancing capacities, strategies, and policies to promote low carbon urban freight through local action and national support.

The countries selected are all committed to reducing their emissions, and each a large share of emissions in these countries are from urban freight. This project will advance the development of effective regulatory, planning and logistical instruments at all levels of government to support low-carbon freight. Cities will seek to develop viable alternatives to low-quality diesel-powered freight vehicles in particular for last mile logistics.

The project will highlight EcoLogistics as a priority area for local and national governments by raising awareness, collecting and developing policies, action plans, recommendations and guide pioneering cities to exemplary action.

The project will strengthen institutional capacity through multi-stakeholder participation, encourage vertical integration, development of an urban freight emission assessment tool, identify and initiate pilot demonstration projects, and submit national policy recommendations. The share of GHG emissions from the urban freight sector in each project city will be calculated through the self-monitoring tool and reported to the cCR platform. The Carbonn Climate Registry (cCR) is a city-level online GHG emissions reporting platform managed by ICLEI.