Freight vehicles – especially those in urban environments – produce greater emissions and congestion than those that carry passengers alone. Difficulties in loading and unloading, navigating traffic, and last-mile delivery all contribute to serious environmental challenges.
To address this, nine cities India, Argentina, and Colombia are developing urban freight strategies through EcoLogistics, a project funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and developed by ICLEI. In project countries, a large share of emissions comes from urban freight.
The project is designed to advance effective regulatory, planning and logistical instruments at all levels of government to support low-carbon urban freight. Participating project cities develop viable alternatives to low-quality ,diesel-powered freight vehicles, particularly for last-mile logistics. A key target for the project is the development of national policy recommendations based on the outcomes observed in the project cities.