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Urban Freight Delivery and City Logistics

Commercial vehicle movements are necessary to enable goods to be delivered and services to be provided. However, these movements are not without negative impact in terms of emissions, noise and traffic (due to frequent stop-starts, use of unsuitable roads, inappropriate deliveries).

To reduce the impact of freight movement, local authorities are engaging actively with logistic companies and local businesses in order to come up with strategies for goods delivery. This has led to a wide range of initiatives, including regulated delivery times, consolidation centres, improved load factors, parking bays for deliveries.



The activities of Polis and its members in the field of urban freight mainly take place through:

  • the urban freight working group (Polis Urban Freight WG)
  • participation and support for European projects

The Urban Freight Working Group

The Urban Freight Working Group was recently created at the request of Polis members. It held its first meeting at the end of 2015 and meets twice a year. The working group is currently chaired by Richard van der Wulp from the city of Rotterdam, currently president of Polis.

Information on meetings and activities: see Working Group page.

Member Services

As part of the Urban Freight Working Group, Polis has developed several databases and tools to facilitate the exchange of experiences. These documents include:

  • Declaration of Intent: the Declaration of Intent - initiated by cities in the FREVUE project – aims at collecting as many signatures as possible to show the industry that a hidden demand for Freight Electric Vehicles (FEVs) exists.
  • Cities & Regions Database: overview of cities and regions active on urban freight and measures in place, areas of expertise, involvement in European projects, etc. Download (login required).
  • UF projects Database: overview of urban freight projects and indication of the topic, opportunities for participation and key "deliverables". Download (login required).
  • “Hot topics” list: At each working group meeting, Polis collects the topics on which members work or would like to obtain more information. This makes it possible to orient Polis' activities and prepare the next actions of the working group. Download (login required).

European Projects

Polis has a centralizing role at European level for projects and activities related to urban freight, thanks to:

  • CIVITAS Thematic Group: since November 2016, as part of the CIVITAS SATTELITE project, Polis is coordinating the CIVITAS Thematic Group on Urban Freight and Logistics. This enables Polis to coordinate all activities in this field, taking place within the framework of the CIVITAS Initiative (urban mobility - financing of numerous projects). Join the group by clicking the blu banner 'Become a member' on the right-hand side on this page.

Polis and its members are currently involved in the following European projects:

  • FREVUEMembers involved: London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Milan, Madrid (full partners), Pisa (follower)
  • NOVELOG. Members involved: Barcelona, Rome, Pisa, Göteborg
  • BuyZET. Members involved: Rotterdam, Bruxelles, Southampton (full partners), Jerusalem, Manchester (observers), Budapest (interest group).
  • CITYLAB. Members involved: Paris, Rome, London, Brussels, Rotterdam, Southampton (full partners), Budapest, Flanders, Madrid, Manchester, Pisa, Prague, Rogaland (transfer cities).