Present-day freight transport practices have a negative impact on cities adding to traffic congestion, noise and air pollution, and affect economic competitiveness. Freight TAILS brings 10 European cities together to develop tailored freight management policies that addresses the negative impacts of urban freight movement, and stimulates the low carbon sector.
Knowledge sharing plays a large part in the project with city partners meeting quarterly to exchange and learn from each other’s experiences. Each meeting focuses on the relationship between urban freight and one of six transnational themes: stakeholders, data, integration, regulation & enforcement, voluntary behaviour change, and procurement. Each partner city works with its local urban freight stakeholders such as retailers, freight operators, and the local municipalities to develop an Integrated Action Plan (IAP).
The IAP entails implementing sustainable urban logistics approaches in specific urban areas (high multi-tenanted office blocks, high street retail areas, areas dominated by single user such as a university campus or public sector administration and historic central areas). Other key elements of the IAP include business cases for different approaches, data on greenhouse gas emissions and traffic improvement, and recommendations for implementation.
The London IAP is CRP’s deliverBEST programme which makes it easy for businesses to identify ways to optimise their deliveries, while saving costs and improving the local air quality.
The Freight TAIL city partners are CRP (whose accountable body is Westminster City Council) central London, UK; Brussels, Belgium; Gdynia, Poland; La Rochelle, France; Maastricht, Netherlands; Parma, Italy; Split, Croatia; Suceava, Romania; Tallinn, Estonia; and Umeå, Sweden.
The project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through the URBACT III Action Planning Networks programme. It runs from May 2016 – May 2018.
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