Tevva takes a leading role in the 3rd Polis-ALICE Strategic dialogue on Urban Freight

Brussels Nov 29, 2019

The workshop taking place today in Brussels, the day after the annual POLIS conference, includes participants from both EU-wide organisations; ALICE (representing industry, Tevva is a member) and POLIS (representing Regions and Cities) which come together to collaborate specifically on addressing the challenges associated with urban freight.

The vision is to lead transformation in the urban environment, so that urban freight and logistics is proactively responding to the pollution, congestion, safety and environmental challenges we are facing.

The objective is to ensure a robust strategic dialogue to share practices and facilitate collaboration models between cities and industry, to prioritise topics and accelerate deployment of solutions towards a cleaner and sustainable urban freight transport.

Participants in the workshop include those Regions, Cities, Logistics Service Providers, Postal Operators, Freight Forwarders, and Vehicle manufacturers who are front-runners, taking the lead in helping address these issues with and action-orientated and truly collaborative approach.

For today’s workshop, Tevva, together with the City of Rotterdam have prepared a report on Low/Zero Emission Zones & electrification of urban freight fleets which will be discussed as part of the dialogue in today’s agenda.

One of the 5 main topics of the group:

Clean & alternative fleet promotion, focuses on:


Creating the framework that ensures high competitiveness of freight transport and logistics models using low emissions vehicles


Incentives and subsidies schemes to speed up transition


Procure zero-emission city fleets & deliveries


Address the challenge of e-charging/hydrogen infrastructure in private owned depots as well as in cities and regions

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Background and rational to the creation of the group:

Environment, pollution and congestion are high on the agenda of both cities and private stakeholders that are joining forces through this strategic dialogue group to address the challenge collaboratively. Cities need to ensure good quality of life which means securing healthy conditions while providing citizens with easy access to services and goods. Industry needs to reach their customers while keeping their selves highly competitive and sustainable. Policies to address air pollution, congestion and safety challenges are gaining importance in cities having important implications to freight transport and logistics.

In particular, the 2011 White Paper on Transport of the European Commission has established the target to reach CO2-free city logistics in major urban environments by 20301. Most cities are embracing this (or similar) objectives and industry is also progressing to freight transport and logistics decarbonization. Pollution is raising concern due to health implications and several cities have taken fast action and implemented zero or low emissions zones. To address these challenges, several cities have established a local dialogue with the private stakeholders concerned to speed up transition.
Coordination among cities, national and at European level through this group will help the industry to reach the necessary economies of scale and speed up the process to meet cities requirements when implementing solutions towards sustainable urban freight transport. Cities and industry stakeholders’ benefit from discussing and approaching these issues from a more strategic point of view through common groups.

POLIS (representing Cities) and ALICE (representing Industry) met on 21 Nov 2018 in Manchester and agreed to establish a permanent public-private strategic dialogue group among both networks to address these challenges.


Source: Polis Network