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Urban Freight Delivery and City Logistics

Commercial vehicle movements are necessary to deliver goods and services. However, these movements can have negative impacts in terms of emissions, noise and traffic.

To reduce the impact of freight movement, local authorities are engaging actively with logistics companies and local business in order to come up with strategies reconciling two potential conflicting elements: a freight distribution system satysfing the market demand, and a liveable, emission-free urban environment.

The 2011 White Paper on Transport demand cities to contribute to reducing Europe's dependence on imported oil and cutting carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050, and achieving essentially CO2-free city logistics in major urban centres by 2030.

In the light of these challenges, strengthening cooperation at European level among local authorities, and between them and the private sector, is an effective driver to improve the overall performance of the sector (maximizing the efficiency of the distribution services and minimise the number of trips and the derived environmental impact).

Polis supports innovation, cooperation and exchange of best practices in the field of Urban Freight Delivery and City Logistics. Find below a list of our main activities.



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 and Jos Streng from the city of Rotterdam.

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 (not only) Polis cities and regions’ information about urban freight plans, strategies and measures in place, areas of expertise, involvement in European projects, etc. This helps local authorities to learn from each other’s good practices at a glance. Available here (login required).
  • UF projects Database: overview of EU urban freight projects, opportunities for participation (including T&A costs reimbursement for workshops, site visits and meetings), and key reports and information. Available here (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. Available here (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:

  • ASSURED. Members involved: Barcelona, Transport for London, Gothenburg, Madrid, Eindhoven, Bilbao, Transport for Greater Manchester. OUTCOMES & OPPORTUNITIES.
  • BuyZET. Members involved: Rotterdam, Bruxelles, Southampton (full partners), Jerusalem, Manchester (observers), Budapest (interest group). OUTCOMES & OPPORTUNITES.
  • CITYLAB. Members involved: Paris, Rome, London, Brussels, Rotterdam, Southampton (full partners), Budapest, Flanders, Madrid, Manchester, Pisa, Prague, Rogaland (transfer cities). OUTCOMES.
  • FREVUEMembers involved: London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Milan, Madrid (full partners), Pisa (follower). OUTCOMES.
  • NOVELOG. Members involved: Barcelona, Rome, Pisa, Göteborg. OUTCOMES.
  • VITAL NODES. Members involved: Gothenburg, Budapest, Rotterdam. OUTCOMES & OPPORTUNITIES.