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Guidelines published on procuring zero emission delivery of goods and services in cities

08 May 2019

The Handbook "Procuring zero emission delivery of goods and services", produced by the EU-funded BuyZET project, will help local authorities reduce the carbon footprint of their procurement activities.

For many European cities today, addressing traffic congestion and reducing transport-related CO2 emissions, noise and harmful local pollutants, is a key priority.

The European Commission has established the target of achieving ‘essentially CO2-free city logistics in major urban centres by 20303’. The public sector has a key role to play in terms of regulations and legislation in support of this goal. However, its role as a customer has received little focus.

A significant proportion of motorised vehicle trips occurring in urban areas are commercial trips,  involving professionals carrying out services or delivering products. The public sector is one of the main customers for these products and services.

This guide is designed to assist city administrations to use their public procurement activities strategically to help reduce traffic in urban areas and promote the use of zero emission vehicles in urban logistics.

The document draws on the experience of the BuyZET project, in which three leading European cities (Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Oslo) have tested new smart procurement approaches to influence the transportation footprint of purchased services, goods and vehicles.

The tools and the recommendations developed by BuyZET will be presented at the project’s final event in Brussels on 14 May 2019. The event will also look at the new rules for the public procurement of clean vehicles in the revision of the Clean Vehicles Directive.

To access the BuyZET Handbook "Procuring zero emission delivery of goods and services", click here.