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The European Union faces the need of sustainable urban development due to the expected demographic evolution of the cities. Today, approximately 75% of the total EU population live in urban areas and is expected to reach 80% by 2020 and growing by 2030. At this stage, last mile deliveries are moving a global cost up to EUR 70 billion and urban freight is responsible for 25% of CO2 emissions. The traffic flow is inefficient, there is congestion, and the demand is increasing exponentially. The shift in consumer trends towards shared and connected services, e-commerce and better environmental conditions in cities call for new approaches to improve and optimize this part of the supply chain.
The project will develop cost-effective strategies, measures and tools to achieve essentially zero emission city logistics. Moreover, it will promote new tested, demonstrated practices and solutions for better cooperation between suppliers, shippers and urban/regions policymakers (City Councils as planners), as well as making inputs for the preparation and implementation of Sustainable Urban Logistics Plans (SULP).