SUGAR focuses on addressing the problem of inefficient and ineffective management of urban freight distribution, a critical component of the overall urban transport system and a primary source of vehicle pollutant emissions. To accomplish this, SUGAR promotes the exchange, discussion and transfer of policy experience, knowledge and good practices in the field of urban freight management, with regards to policy and planning levers between and among advanced and less experienced sites.
SUGAR bases its approach on the study of EU good practices for the development of tools to support policy making, including:
- Training sessions, workshops and joint planning events, in which the administrations will directly benefit from participation through the knowledge gained and successively utilised in addressing national, regional and municipal policy developments.
- Development of city logistics publications and training products, which will record the knowledge gained during SUGAR. The SUGAR sites use these tools to develop local action plans, outlining the local roadmap for city logistics policy development.
Moreover, SUGAR actively dialogues with new transfer sites (at least 5) from outside the SUGAR partnership, offering support for bilateral exchange on selected topics as well as a training on city logistics.
Altogether SUGAR contributes importantly to:
- Increased capacity of public administration staff (partner and non-partner) in implementing more effective and efficient policy levers and planning approaches for city logistics.
- Direct improvement of regional and local policies for city logistics (12 sites directly, with a second wave of minimum 5 sites in the enlarged transfer programme).
The SUGAR partnership brings together:
- 4 good practice sites in EU, representing the Emilia Romagna Region (IT) and primary EU cities such as London (through Transport for London) (UK), Paris (FR) and Barcelona (ES).
- 8 transfer sites in EU, spanning from small to large cities and regions: Palma de Mallorca (ES), Region of Crete (GR), Athens (GR), Poznan (PL), Vratsa (BU), Celje (SL), Usti nad Labem (CZ), Pardubice (through Czech Rails - CZ).
- 2 EU networks for identifying, developing and targeting key public administration stakeholders working in transport, differentiating between local/regional and national stakeholders: - POLIS (a network of approximately 70 EU city and regional administrations from 18 countries working on developing innovative technologies and policies for local transport) (BE); - CEI (a network primarily of national administrations from 18 central and eastern European countries with a specific Transport working group) (IT).
- 3 public equivalent bodies involved in the policy making activities of three SUGAR sites: ITL (Regione Emilia Romagna site - IT), INRETS (Paris site - FR), ILIM (Poznan site - PL).
The SUGAR project activities started after the Kick off Meeting held in Bologna in March 2009. The first and second Consortium meeting were organized.
The first and second Progress report was successfully delivered to the JTS with the cooperation of partners and component leaders. The dissemination activities started with the definition of targeted dissemination strategy which is oriented at transnational level from one side and, on the other side at regional and national level.
The SUGAR branding image and the project logo hav been designed a few months after project started. Project brochures and web site was completed, as well as the first project newsletter which was translated in each of the project partners’ language.
The methodology for identification of Enlarged Transfer Programma (ETP) Contacts has been prepared by POLIS and four contacts have been identified since the call was launched in summer 2009. Cities identified and contacted are Brussels, Hampshire, Gent-Hasselt (Flandes), Glasgow. Each ETP was matched with SUGAR good practice Cities’ fields of expertise in order to allow a more specific and tailored exchange. ETP were informed about most relevant SUGAR events in which they may participate. The SUGAR project was presented in two main dissemination events.
In November 2009, in the frame of the 12th CEI Summit Economic Forum which took place in Bucharest. In December 2009, the SUGAR Award was presented during the POLIS Annual Conference in Brussels.
Technical activities were focused on the definition of the Good Practices conceptual model and Good Practice analysis. SUGAR sites described their existing situation and future policy scenarios in relation to city logistics and freight transport, and the related deliverables were completed. The Transfer Tools activities started with the first Good Practice Round Table (GPRT) held in Athens in June 2009. The GPRT is a higher technical level session among the Sugar good practice sites and external experts invited to provide insights on specific topics. During the 1st GPRT staff members representatives of all the SUGAR sites participated to this session focused on ICT applications related to city logistics. The 2nd GPRT, organized in Paris, focused on Urban Logistic Facilities. The relationship between public and private actors was particularly examined also by providing same concrete example of city logistics measures.
During the Paris meeting the 1st Train the Trainer (TtT) session was conducted by Barcelona (P6). The TtT are training workshop dedicated to developing new skills of partner administrations (both good practice and transfer sites) covering both technical and soft side city logistics related policy, strategy and planning topics. During the first TtT external experts trained the partners’ representatives in developing new skills on Data Collection methods for city logistics and On-Street Delivery, designing, planning and setting up loading & unloading areas. Primary policy areas relevant for transfer sites were identified and data were gathered from partners into a “Matrix of the future measures”. Importance of the measures has been quantified with a rating from 1 to 5 points. So far, the highest interest of local administrations seems to be for administrative measures, the lowest beeing for awareness raising measures.
Preparation to first Joint Planning Exercises (JPE) started in this period. JPE are workshops in which transfer sites will present their local objectives, challenges, opportunities with regards to technical and soft side city logistics topics. Best practice representatives will collaborate with them to problem solving with regards to specific obstacles.