Moving goods within cities is a complex task with mounting challenges. Unlike passenger transport, transportation professionals and policy-makers often lack comprehensive understanding, robust data and common terminologies, all of which have major implications for the management of urban freight transport systems as well as the larger freight network.
The purpose of this report is to review existing urban freight movement characteristics across nine cities in Argentina, Colombia and India, provide an account of its current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (2019) from urban freight and to evolve strategies to minimize its impact. It is designed to be used as a baseline from which to measure emissions reductions, and will be used as part of the Low Carbon Action Plan for Urban Freight (LCAP-UF), which details the actions that are planned in order to curtail energy consumption and emissions from urban freight.
In alignment of global efforts on carbon accounting for logistics operations, the baseline emissions have been established using ICLEI’s EcoLogistics Self-monitoring Tool. It is a useful tool for local governments to estimate, evaluate and track their urban freight performance over time. Furthermore, baseline setting is an essential step in setting uniformed goals and developing future actions.
The analysis presented in this report is a result of desktop investigation, multi-stakeholder discussions, close consultation with public officials, surveys and interviews with logistics companies and freight transport operators in each city. City-specific data was used where available, and verified by stakeholders to increase its robustness and credibility. Drawing on the analysis and narratives raised by the stakeholder working groups in these nine cities, the resulting recommended actions for city leaders are also presented in this report.