Freight vehicles – especially those in urban environments – produce more emissions and congestion than those that carry passengers alone. Difficulties in loading and unloading, navigating traffic and last-mile delivery all contribute to serious environmental challenges.
To address this, nine cities India, Argentina, and Colombia are developing urban freight strategies through EcoLogistics. In project countries, a large share of emissions comes from urban freight.
The project, led by ICLEI, is designed to advance effective regulatory, planning and logistical instruments at all levels of government to support low-carbon urban freight. Participating project cities develop viable alternatives to low-quality ,diesel-powered freight vehicles, particularly for last-mile logistics. A key target for the project is the development of national policy recommendations based on the outcomes observed in the project cities.
Through EcoLogistics, ICLEI aims to advance effective regulatory, planning and logistical instruments at all levels of government, develop viable alternatives to low-quality, diesel-powered freight vehicles, highlight urban freight as a priority area for local, regional and national governments, strengthen institutional capacity through multi-stakeholder participation and encourage a multilevel governance approach to urban freight policy.