SUGAR Project Entered its Final Round

Brussels – In the SUGAR good practice report on freight, 44 operational examples are being examined which, consistently with the SUGAR mission, deal with public actions for city logistics, are sustainable and have visible impacts. “The good practice selection has been designed for cities interested in implementing urban freight management measures to help public administrations in defining their policies on the base of successful EU experiences”, says project coordinator Giuseppe Luppino. The publication will be available at the final project conference on 13 December 2011 in Bologna.


Among the twelve local and regional authorities that participate in the project four are good practice sites which shared their experience in outstanding measures to improve city logistics throughout the project with the project’s transfer sites, local authorities keen to learn. The last good practice round table will take place 22-23 September in Palma de Mallorca in which the good practice sites will share knowledge on their freight innovations:

  • Emilia Romagna Region (IT): The Emilia Romagna Region (RER) connects numerous medium sized urban areas and is SUGAR Lead Partner. In order to coordinate the various actions, experiments and knowledge flow between the region’s cities a strategy to coordinate urban logistics has been undertaken. A Municipal plan for freight distribution regulation the city centre of Bologna has been developed.
  • London (through Transport for London) (UK): Transport for London’s (TfL) Freight Unit introduced the London Freight Plan whose key project is the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme. Furthermore, a freight information portal was established as well as the London lorry control scheme, low emission zones and the London Construction Consolidation Centre (LCCC), which acted as distribution centre and delivery service area for construction materials to four major building projects in Central London.
  • Paris (FR): Paris has put in place a new freight programme. Activities include locating logistic facilities inside Paris, clean delivery vehicles and logistical services on rail and waterways. A new concept called “consignity” was implemented in 2006 which is based on a network of automated lockers for pick up and deliveries to improve the mobility of commercial vehicles in urban zones.
  • Barcelona (ES): Barcelona is recognised as a European leader city for a number of logistics innovations including multi-use lanes and quit night-time deliveries. It uses building code regulations to provide delivery areas within business premises (offstreet delivery areas) and was the first Spanish city to trail a micro platform with electric vans and bicycles for “last-mile deliveries”.


Additional to good practice sites, SUGAR Transfer Sites range from small to large cities and regions and include Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Crete (Greece), Athens (Greece), Poznań (Poland), Vratsa (Bulgaria), Celje (Slovenia), Prague (Czech Republic) and Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic). These cities benefit from four Train the Trainers sessions that cover policy, strategy and planning, and from four Joint Planning Exercise Sessions in which transfer sites’ policies are analyzed and discussed with good practice sites representatives.


In 2010, the SUGAR AWARD was presented to the Municipality of Rotterdam (NL) in the category of Metropolitan areas and large cities for its urban distribution centre and the PIEK concept, which allows transport companies using silent vehicles to make deliveries early in the morning or late at night. The Municipality of Parma (IT) was awarded as a small/medium sized city for the implementation of the ECOLOGISTICS project, aiming to rationalise the distribution of diverse goods including ‘fresh products’, which are often excluded from current city logistic projects.


is an INTERREG IVC funded projected, aiming to transfer best practice and policy experience in the field of city logistics. SUGAR stands for Sustainable Urban Goods Logistics Achieved by Regional and Local Policies and promotes the exchange of policy experience, knowledge and good practices in the field of city logistics. The process consists of three steps and starts with research and analysis of best practices, followed by training to public authorities which, then, lead to improvement of public policies.

Under the coordination of the Emilia Romagna Region, SUGAR brings together 17 partners from 10 different countries including Good Practice and Transfer Sites, together with five technical partners (The Institute for Transport and Logistics and CEI in Italy, Polis in Belgium and the Institute of Logistics and Warehousing in Poland).


Project Coordination
Institute for Transport and Logistics – ITL
Giuseppe Luppino
Phone: +39 0515273776

Dissemination Manager
Karen Vancluysen
Phone: +32 (0)2 500 56 75


More information, documents and project reports:

[Download the press release here]