The workshop Successfully Implement Zero Emission Zones for freight delivery and related events (31/03-2/04) were cancelled due to COVID-19. As announced, the work must go on(line) – and we have put together a new online program on ZEZ for freight.

The program is attached, whereas the registration form and the small survey for those wishing to participate in the web-meetings will follow soon. In the meantime, save the date and time in your calendars!

Cities need to improve quality of life and attract people and business. Policies addressing air pollution, congestion and safety directly affect the delivery of goods and services in urban areas worldwide.

Within Europe, 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 2030. From a local perspective, transport-related pollution is raising concern due to health implications and several cities have taken fast action and implemented Low or Zero Emissions Zones (ZEZ). To speed up transition, they have established a local dialogue with the private stakeholders concerned.

Among other solutions, electrification of vehicles is emerging as a leading technology to achieve these objectives. Battery size, efficiency and fuel consumption, Greenhouse Gas regulations and ZEZ are the main parameters for the optimization of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and driving the demand and supply of the Heavy-Duty and Medium-Duty vehicles. However, market uptake of ZE vehicles with current logistics models is not yet matching Return on Investment and Cost-Benefit criteria, hence these new solutions are only competitive under very specific circumstances.

Why are ZEZ for freight a priority? What problems do they solve and what benefits do they bring? What is the Cities, Companies and Countries perspective on the implementation of ZEZ schemes that fosters a sustainable transition from an economic, environmental and social point of view?