European cities are the centres of European industry and economic growth. An efficient distribution of goods in cities is therefore crucial for the vitality of the centres of European cities. The current goods distribution however, causes emissions and is not necessarily energy efficient. The START project takes a short-term approach and combines actions – such as access restrictions, consolidation centres and incentives – in order to make goods distribution in city centres more sustainable and efficient.
The cities Bristol, Göteborg, Ljubljana, Ravenna and Riga are together with local partners introducing and developing measures that benefit both businesses and citizens by making goods distribution more energy efficient and hence reducing the related air pollution. The START approach is based on close collaboration between city governments, transport companies and local businesses formalised in local freight networks established in every partner city.
START aims at:
- Reduce energy use and emissions by freight traffic in the pilot application areas
- Increase awareness and acceptance from the local transport sectors about the possible ways to increase energy and economic efficiency of freight transport
- Increase public private co-operation and increased transnational exchange of experience among the stakeholders on freight transport in European cities.
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*Co-funded by the European Commission – EACI
- Reduce considerably freight-related emissions recorded in the five demonstration areas (CO2 -7%, NOx -10%, and PM10 -15%)
- Increase awareness and acceptance from the local transport sectors of possible ways to increase energy and economic efficiency of freight transport. Furthermore, public-private cooperation is boosted, as well as transnational exchange of experience among the freight transport stakeholders.
- Organization and facilitation of knowledge transfer workshops, and related reports
- Evaluation of quantitative impacts and assessment of process related factors influencing the performance of the actions
Traffic & Public Transport Authority,
Bristol City Council,
Comune di Ravenna,
Riga City Council Traffic Department,
Prometni Institut Ljubljana d.o.o.
Exel Europe Limited,
Åkarservice Väst AB
Consorzio Sterratori Autotrasportatori Ravennati
Istituto sui Trasporti e la Logistica
Mestna občina Ljubljana