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EcoLogistics: Achieving Low Emission Urban Freight Transport

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Have you ever wondered about the journey of the morning coffee you brew or buy from a store? How did it get from the coffee estates to your cup?

Global freight demand is estimated to triple between 2015 and 2050 and the ability to move goods efficiently has become the lifeblood of economic development, particularly in cities which generate over 80 percent of global GDP and an estimated 75 percent of global emissions (ITF 2019). Freight transport forms the backbone of today’s global economy.

The unprecedented growth in e-commerce has led many businesses to grow but has also put enormous pressure on existing infrastructures. Its demands and dependency was recently seen during the COVID19 outbreak, where contactless shopping became the new normal.

With the numbers of deliveries exploding, companies are finding ways to make their supply chain more efficient in order to manage demand. New business models (just-in-time delivery), alternate delivery methods (cargo bikes, parcel locker), policies (low emission zones, off-hour deliveries), technological and infrastructure developments are evolving to minimize the negative impacts on urban life.

Listen in on our discussions on trending solutions in the field of urban logistics, and the need to further explore the freight sector, which is in comparison to passenger transport largely neglected. The EcoLogistics Project has conducted studies in nine cities in Argentina, Colombia and India. Local government representatives discuss the baseline status from these nine cities.

Attendees will get insights on:

  • How public-private partnership can forge the way of new solutions?
  • How urban planning can guide better urban freight distribution?
  • Is the cargo bike the final answer for parcel deliveries?
  • How has urban logistics in the time of the pandemic played the key role?


  • Yiqian Zhang, Officer, Sustainable Mobility, ICLEI World Secretariat, Germany


  • Sergio Eduardo Martinez, Undersecretary of Mobility Policy of Bogota
  • Robin Billsjö, Urban Freight Strategist, Transport department, City of Stockholm
  • Li-Teh Lu (Ph.D.), Director General, Environment Protection Department, Taouyuan