Capacity Building

The project develops a series of learning and peer-to-peer activities that are aimed to equip local and national policy makers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and operators with the skills and knowledge required to develop, implement and operate ZEZ-F. The objective is to raise awareness and establish long-lasting capabilities for all key stakeholders to successfully support the transition to zero emission deliveries. 

E-course on Zero-Emission Zones for freight

The e-course aims at raising skills and knowledge related to the development, implementation, and operation of Zero-Emission Zones for freight (ZEZ-Fs), thus supporting the transition to zero emission deliveries.

The e-course is primarily designed for city and regional authorities but aims to provide a solid knowledge basis for any stakeholder involved in urban freight operations. The course will be openly available to all the public.

Register now for the e-course kick-off webinar on 15 September, 15:00 – 16:30 CET. This event is open to all POLIS members and non-members. We look forward to seeing you there!

You can register for the e-course here. Please use the following enrolment key: SURFfreighte-course  

The e-course will take place from 15 September to 26 November, and it is organized in 3 Units:

  1. Why ZEZ for freight? The context
  2. Toward a Successful ZEZ-F: Steps for Action
  3. Keys to success


Unit 1, 15-26 Sep (2 weeks): Why ZEZ for freight? The context

1 Current challenges and trends

Climate, air quality, noise pollution, health
Space allocation, equity

2 Getting e-freight right

Context, opportunities and requirements

3 The policy context

E-freight and decarbonisation
The EU policy context

4 Sustainable Urban Logistics Plans

Tool for cities for sustainable and efficient urban logistics planning


Unit 2, 4-22 Oct (3 weeks): Toward a Successful ZEZ-F: Steps for Action

1 Building trust with stakeholders

Inclusive stakeholder engagement and collaboration
Effective communications – clear timelines and predictability

2 Setting objectives and targets

Defining the city’s objectives and regulatory powers
Setting an ambitious but realistic target and timeline

3 Developing an implementation strategy

A new way of viewing freight as a system
Selecting the ZEZ-F location and size

4 Test, implement, enforce

Testing and piloting: Living labs/urban freight labs
Harmonisation for international enforcement and information


Exchange Session, 1 day in week 25-29 Oct: Exchange session: Q/A with participants

Unit 3, 1-19 Nov (3 weeks): Keys to Success

1 Aligning policies across different levels of government

National and regional targets for ZEZ-Fs to succeed
Cross-department collaboration

2 Incentives and other supporting measures

Financial incentives and subsidies
Non-monetary incentives providing a comparative advantage

3 Charging infrastructure for electric freight vehicles

Different charging needs per vehicle and business sector
Managing grid impact

4 Data for freight planning: collect, share and manage data

Usage of data to understand and manage the local freight ecosystem
Definition of shared data model for ZEZ-F


Exchange Session, 1 day in week 22-26 Nov: Exchange session: Q/A with participants