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Zero-Emission Zones in the City: Don’t Wait to Start with Freight!

Zero-Emission Zones in the City: Don’t Wait to Start with Freight!

Full Title: Zero-Emission Zones in the City: Don’t Wait to Start with Freight!
Author(s): Rosemarie Cramer, Verena Ehrler, Henrik Gudmundsson, Catherine Ittner, Vishant Kothari, Katharine Lopez, Giacomo Lozzi, Robyn Marquis, Sandra Rothbard, Shruti Sarode, Hamilton Steimer, Tu My Tran, Raffaele Vergnani, and Lulu Xue
Publisher(s): Transport Decarbonisation Alliance
Publication Date: April 14, 2023
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Description (excerpt):

Though less than 4% of vehicles on the road are trucks, it is estimated that they are responsible for 27% of road transport’s CO2 emissions. As urbanisation grows, absolute numbers of population as well as population density are continuing to rise in cities. Consequently, urban commercial transport is also increasing, exacerbating congestion and harmful emissions. Action is needed to improve strategies for transport and to reduce transport related emissions: air pollution, noise pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.

As cities around the world seek to reduce their carbon footprint, many are pursuing zero-emission zones (ZEZs) and other measures for mass transit and personal mobility. However, freight transport is often overlooked by city planners and in transport strategies. In 2020, the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA) of countries, cities, regions and companies, C40 Cities, jointly with the POLIS network of European cities and regions, released the Zero-Emission Zones: Don’t wait to start with freight! how to guide. The guide assists urban planners, transport officials, freight operators and other stakeholders to navigate the complex ecosystem of urban freight and develop zero emission zones for freight, which can help cities decarbonise, clean the air, reduce congestion, improve environmental justice, increase efficiency of deliveries, and more.

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