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SMart green Innovative urban Logistics for Energy efficient mediterranean cities

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Smart mobility and services (SMO)
Transport mode
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Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects
Transport sectors
Freight transport


Background & Policy context

A key objective of smart cities is the development and implementation of intelligent and sustainable mobility solutions. Urban areas consume up to 70% of the energy produced and transport is a leading sector consuming non-renewable energy and producing the biggest amount of GHG emissions in cities (30% of total emissions). Within this context, urban freight distribution requires innovative solutions able to rationalize and improve the efficiency of transport and to promote innovative renewable energy use, thus reducing energy consumption and associated GHG emissions while promoting economic development.


The SMILE project aims to improve the energy efficiency of Mediterranean cities through the promotion of innovative, green and cost effective solutions for urban freight logistics that address the target of green and smart urban development.

More specifically, its main lines of intervention are the following:

  • Modelling, measuring and assessing, at a transnational context, urban freight logistics needs, performance, energy efficiency and externalities through the adaptation and improvement of currently available models such as CityGoods (Emilia-Romagna) and FRETURB (LET Lyon).
  • Definition and assessment of transferable policies, strategies, plans and measures regarding innovative and energy-efficient urban transport solutions and development of a systemic approach to select the appropriate set of such measures for energy efficiency within different urban distribution contexts.
  • Development of a set of criteria and performance indicators, measurable by local and regional authorities, to assist them in selecting and implementing innovative renewable energy and energy efficient solutions, and monitoring their effectiveness in the short and long term.
  • Real testing of smart city urban logistics solutions through the development of pilot demonstration activities involving public and private actors and dealing with the implementation of electric mobility, ICT, operational and marketing tools.
  • Direct participation of 6 Med cities (4 of them port cities) from 5 different countries. Project supervision by a high level external Technical Committee involving academic and industry members and interaction with some key relevant international networks such as the Covenant of Mayors, Open ENLoCC, AIVP.
  • Extended promotion and visibility of the SMILE tools beyond the project partnership through the development of free open modelling and measuring tools, transferable to non-partner MED cities.
  • Intensive communication of successful strategies, policies and measures on energy efficient freight urban logistics solutions through the project website, workshops, seminars/other training activities and free logistics diagnosis tools available on the website.
  • Specific governance work as basis for consensus building on the developed policies through public consultations with stakeholders promoting a strong involvement, engagement and public-private cooperation.


Parent Programmes
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2007 - 2013 Programme MED


Report on regional and local communication activities

Through this report, we wish to provide an overall picture of the communication activities implemented at local level by the partners, and of the stakeholders that have been the target of this communication.

Analysis or relevant local Actors for SMILE purposes

This analysis of local actors for SMILE purposes was drawn so as to keep in mind which actors should be addressed by partners in the course of our project and – more importantly –to identify the general typology of these local actors in order for partners to better focus when implementing communication activities on what kind of influence each category of stakeholder might bear.

SMILE Transnational Benchmark Report on MED Cities in Urban Logistics’ Energy Gaps

The objective of this document is to provide a transnational analysis among the six SMILE Mediterranean cities in order to allow a better understanding and comprehension of the different city logistics situations.

SMILE City Reports on Urban Freight Distribution

In order to elaborate the Transnational Benchmark of MED cities in Urban Logistics’ energy gaps, some common information was needed so as to compare the different situations in each local context. For this purpose, 6 SMILE city reports have been drawn.

SMILE Pilot Evaluations

The main objective of this deliverable is to present the results of the SMILE pilots, from an isolated point of view of the given pilot but at the same time from a broader perspective taking a wider view into account. The pilots are presented first based on the collection of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) adapted to their scope. Apart from a quantitative point of view, the pilots are also analysed from a more general point of view.

Finally, a cost benefit analysis is performed. The last two sections of the deliverable are oriented to summarize the main conclusions of the pilots. SMILE reference guide for energy efficiency in urban logistics Within this document you will find a sum up of the most important experiences carried out within SMILE, as well as short explanation on how and what capitalize in each experience.


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EU Contribution
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution


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