Transport is the second largest energy-consuming sector, with a 32 % of share of final energy consumption. The European Commission has set the ambitious goal of CO2-free city logistics by 2030. This does not only call for public policy actions, but for a shift in the paradigm of policies. 82% of Europeans will live in cities by 2050, therefore urban freight issues need to be tackled in the perspective of functional urban areas (FUAs), taking into consideration the functional transport and economic relations between inner urban centres and the surrounding urban territories. This is how policies will achieve impacts through territorial and economic development of central European urban areas.
SULPITER will support policy makers in improving their understanding of FUAs freight phenomena in an energy and environmental perspective.
The project will enhance their capacity in urban freight mobility planning in order to develop and adopt sustainable urban logistics plans (SULPs). Policy makers in Bologna, Budapest, Poznan, Brescia, Stuttgart, Maribor and Rijeka will engage, in cooperation with further local, regional and national non-partner authorities and with technical partners.
They will work on transnational policy capacity building, and on the development of transnational analytical and governance tools, resulting in improved and adopted policies for the future energy and environmental sustainability of freight transport in central European FUAs.
On November 8th-9th, 2016, the Central European Initiative joined the EUSALP action group meeting in Innsbruck, Austria, presenting the SULPiTER activities, which encompasses three EUSALP FUAs: Stuttgart (Germany), Brescia (Italy) and Maribor (Slovenia). A fruitful discussion followed, outlining the need for better coordination among existing projects and activities in the area. The CEI will provide the group with SULPiTER results as soon as they become available.
In the occasion of the 10th anniversary of ENLoCC, on November, 17th, 2016 the SULPiTER project has been presented to a vast audience. The keynote speech was held by Mrs. Desireé Oen, long-term member of the EU Commissioner on Transport’s cabinet. It was followed by a series of “Pecha Kucha” presentations from the main institutions dealing with freight transport and logistics under a regional perspective in Europe. Each institution presented itself and its relation to regional logistics.
University of Maribor
Taking into consideration the EC’s ambitious goal to obtain CO2 free city logistics by 2030 and the fact that by 2050 82% of Europeans will live in cities, it is necessary to consider urban freight issues in a new perspective – that of Functional Urban Areas (FUAs).
Institute for Transport and Logistics Foundation Italy Lead partner
University of Maribor Slovenia
Central European Initiative – Executive Secretariat italy communication manager
Vecsés Municipality hungary
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