Thirty-five parties – including Bopro – have signed the Green Deal Sustainable Urban Logistics alongside the Flemish Ministers for Environment, Energy, Mobility and Public Works, Economy and Innovation. With this deal we commit ourselves for the next three years to ensure that deliveries to the Flemish cities will be done efficiently and low-emission based. As participants we are assisted by The Shift, which coordinates the Green Deal with the financial support of the King Baudouin Foundation. The Shift has partnered up with MOBI-VUB (the Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Group at the Free University Of Brussels), Bond Beter Leefmilieu (the Flemish Society for Better Environment), VVSG (the Association of Flemish cities and Municipalities), VIL (the Innovation Platform and Spearhead Cluster for the logistics sector in Flanders) and the Flemish Ministry of Mobility and Public Works, and Environment.
Urban logistics represents at least a quarter of the total CO2 emissions caused by transport. Although delivery vehicles represent only 10-20% of the vehicle-kilometres, this sector accounts for 30-50% of other emissions such as nitrogen and fine dust. Additionally the demand for urban freight transport will continue to increase as cities keep on growing and the expectations of the consumers who live, work and relax are increasing.
In order to simultaneously maintain urban liveability and limit transport emission, it is crucial to develop a sustainable and efficient urban logistics system. Such a system would allow that online orders are delivered efficiently at your home, that new collections are put up in the stores on time, that restaurants can offer their guests fresh foods and that construction materials are delivered on time. This however asks for new and innovative ways to supply the cities.
“The future isn’t a one-man operation, it’s a team operation”, says Flemish Minister for Mobility Ben Weyts. “By moving about efficiently and by intelligently combining different modes of transport, we will be able ensure smooth access to our cities.”
The participants in this Green Deal will strive to push back the amount of vehicle kilometres and to ensure that when transport is inevitable, it will take place at appropriate times and by using more environmentally friendly vehicles and zero-emission vehicles.
The Flemish Minister for Environment Koen Van den Heuvel: “By decreasing the amount of driven kilometres, we will decrease the emission rates. This will contribute to better air quality and to the achievement of our climate targets.”
For example, research is being done on how cargo bikes could supply construction sites, how courier services could use zero-emission vehicles and how local farmers could deliver their products smoothly to local restaurants and stores.
“When different parties simultaneously choose to focus on more efficient and greener freight transport, the result will be so much more than the sum of its parts. It’s not just about individual zero-emission vehicles, it’s also about a whole new global approach”, says Flemish Minister for Energy Lydia Peeters.
Besides taking direct actions to reduce emissions, this Green Deal strives to connect and to stimulate the collaboration between the different participants. The supporting partners being a facilitator, assume a key role.
“Through this Green deal are able to push towards a more sustainable urban logistics system. This platform goes beyond individual, commercial and at times conflicting interests, and firmly puts the subject on the partners’ and policymakers’ agendas”, says David Leyssens of The Shift.
The Flemish Minister for Economy and Innovation Philippe Muyters agrees: “By supporting the collaboration between different partners, we are improving innovation. Not only in relation to more environmentally friendly vehicles, but also to a more efficient provision and bundling flows of goods.”
The Green Deal Sustainable Urban Logistics is the seventh Green Deal in Flanders. The Green Deals are an initiative from the Minister for Environment to continue ‘greening’ companies and sectors. These deals are voluntary agreements between (private) partners and the Flemish Government to pursue a green project. Companies and organisations can make proposals for a deal and the government will commit itself to address the bottlenecks which hamper greening.
You will find more information about the Green Deals on www.greendeals.be
The Shift, MOBI-VUB, Bond Beter Leefmilieu, VVSG, VIL, the Department for Mobility and Public Works, the Ministry of Environment, with the financial support of the King Baudouin Foundation.
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