The role of logistics services in smart cities: the experience of ENCLOSE project

Ambrosino, Giorgio and Guerra, Stefan and Pettinelli, Irene and Sousa, Carlos (2014) The role of logistics services in smart cities: the experience of ENCLOSE project. REAL CORP 2014 – PLAN IT SMART! Clever Solutions for Smart Cities. Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 1029-1034.

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Freight transport is one of the primary components of the economic and social system not only in European towns. It is now widely recognised that sustainable goods distribution, particularly in urban areas and city centres (indicated also as City Logistics), is the objective to be achieved as environmental issues play an increasingly dominant role in the overall mobility governance and also in the emerging “smart city” initiatives. Of course there is a link between transport efficiency and infrastructures, but traffic congestion in urban areas and city centres can be reduced also by efficient freight distribution processes based innovative organizational and business models. In EU, the interest in city logistics solutions, is growing among Local Authorities, not only for more efficient and higher quality services and traffic congestion reduction but also for achieving an increased territory governance. A significant number of real applications have implemented in many EU towns and under EU programmes with an emerging city logistics approach indicated as SULP (Sustainable Urban Logistics Plan) based an appropriate mix of different measures to be selected among different already demonstrated services like: Urban Consolidation Centres, optimised urban freight transport and delivery plans, clean vehicles and low emission technologies, restrictions and public incentive policies, ICT platform, last mile and value added services, etc. The SULP is the tool with related guidelines for integrating the city logistics processes within the overall management of urban mobility currently indicated at European level as Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan - SUMP. In this context ENCLOSE Project, started in May 2012 under IEE - Intelligent Energy Europe programme, has the main objective of raising awareness about the challenges of energy efficient and sustainable urban logistics in European Small-/Mid-size Historic Towns (SMHTs) and about the concrete opportunities to achieve highly significant improvements and benefits by implementing and operating suitable and effective measures, schemes and framework approaches specifically targeted to such class of urban environments. ENCLOSE Project aims to develop Sustainable Urban Logistics Plans (SULP) for Small-/Mid-size towns (SMTs) integrated in Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: City logistics, Intelligent Transport Systems, Mobility, governance, Sustainable Urban Logistics Plan, ENCLOSE Project
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 10:27
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2016 10:27

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