september, 2019

10sep2:00 pm6:00 pmFeaturedInternational Conference on Urban Green Logistics


Event Details

The International Conference on Urban Green Logistics is organized as part of the Lianyungang Expo. With urbanization and economic development, the demand for logistics and freight transportation in Chinese and international cities is increasing, exerting pressure on the environment and resources. While logistics and freight are often thought in a more regional and global thinking, pressure at a local and urban level is increasingly prominent with new trends driving new behavior. Against this background, this international conference, co-organized by the Lianyungang Municipal People’s Government and ICLEI, will convene international and Chinese cities and experts. The focus is to deliberate on challenges and opportunities for sustainable and green urban logistics, from a global context to local implementation.


(Tuesday) 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Lianyungang Industrial Exhibition Center


Lianyungang Municipal People’s Government and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability


    • Day 1
    • September 10, 2019
    • 14.00 Opening ceremony14.00 - 14.15Opening ceremony

    • 14.15 Session 1 When global trends meet cities: Integrating BRI and SDGs for sustainable development in urban freight14.15 - 15.15Global trade patterns will shift geographically in the coming years, with trade in OECD countries will halve by 2060 but double in non-OECD countries (ITF 2019). Global trade patterns have the potential to promote regional connectivity, which stimulates economic growth and social development. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is one of the examples of a global initiative with local impacts. It will reach 65 countries -- potentially affecting 4.4 billion people and leveraging 40 percent of the world's GDP. It has the potential to help countries to reach their national objectives embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals, in areas such as jobs, poverty, infrastructure, and sustainable cities. This session will explore the global freight trends and urban implication and explore what challenges and opportunities exist for policymakers to leverage on global movements for positive local impacts.

    • 15.15 Tea break 15.15 - 15.35Tea break

    • 15.35 Session 2 Innovations for sustainable urban freight: Changing cities, businesses and society15.35 - 16.35With more than half of the world’s seven billion population living in urban areas, demands for freight is evolving and increasing, especially at freight corridors. Increasing urbanization forces cities to seek ways to move goods and produce efficiently is essential to remain economically dynamic and livable. Individual companies do up to 80% of urban freight on their account and not by professional logistics service providers. This is even more prominent in developing cities which relies on informal services. The direction towards sustainable logistics offers excellent potential for professional logistics services providers and local governments to align their services and visions according to the city’s goals and customer segments (B2B, B2C and C2C). This session will convene policymakers, industry practitioners and researchers to discuss innovative policy and business solutions to urban freight challenges.

    • 16.35 Break16.35 - 16.45Break

    • 16.45 Session 3 The future of urban freight: Improving last-mile delivery 16.45 - 17.45Last-mile deliveries have always been a logistics challenge, particularly with the growth of companies that deliver their products directly to consumers with the rise of e-commerce and consumers’ expectations of fast and convenient delivery. Cities often have complex governance arrangements that make it difficult for the government to respond to such challenges. This session will look at the evolving urban freight industry and the new logistics models to cater to future needs.

    • 17.45 Closing 17.45 - 18.00Closing