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EcoLogistics Cities: Front runners in sustainable urban freight

The image of a city should be filled with people and not cars along with buildings and tree cover in the background. Urban interventions are aimed to prioritize walking and cycling and move away from private vehicle oriented planning. In previous years, many cities around the globe are converting streets for walking and cycling resulting in a reduction of traffic congestion, air pollution, and traffic accidents. Walking and cycling are the healthiest ways to get around our cities, providing valuable physical activity for people on a daily basis. These forms of active mobility also generate indirect public health benefits by reducing the use of automobiles, thus diminishing air, water, and noise pollution and the overall level of traffic danger. Walking and cycling infrastructure must be safe, well-designed, and well-connected.

This session discussed various aspects of city planning and the integration of walking and cycling for a HEALTHY & HAPPY CITY.


Tu My Tran, Head of Sustainable Mobility, ICLEI World Secretariat, Bonn, Germany


Bronwen Thornton, CEO Walk 21 (Download slides)

Carolina Cominotti, Urban Designer São Paulo, Brazil (Download slides)

Nidhi Gulati, Senior Director of Programs and Projects, Project for Public Spaces, USA (Watch Video)

Francesco Iacorossi, Project manager, Staff URES, City of Rome (Download slides)

 EcoLogistics Cities: Front runners in sustainable urban freight

5th Nov 1630-1710 CEST

Freight transport is at the core of today’s global economy; in emerging regions such as Asia, the logistics industry accounts for 15-25 percent of GDP. However, urban freight also causes adverse impacts to cities, including traffic congestion, poor air quality, noise pollution, and the intensity of road accidents. Global freight demand is estimated to triple between 2015 and 2050 and the ability to move goods efficiently has become the lifeblood of economic development, particularly in cities that generate over 80 percent of global GDP and an estimated 75 percent of global emissions (ITF 2019). Over the past twenty years, cities in Europe, North America, and Japan have begun to experiment with innovative urban freight solutions, while in low-income countries there is little awareness or demand for sustainable urban logistics.

This session discussed the front-runner cities; Taoyuan, Santa Fe, and Pasig, which manage their freight movements in sustainable ways. It highlighted the challenges and opportunities in the area of urban freight transport and how solutions are localized for replications in other cities.


Himanshu Raj, Officer, Sustainable Mobility, ICLEI WS, Bonn, Germany (Download slides)


Dr. Chinghui Liao, Local Coordinator, ICLEI EcoLogistics Chair Office in Taoyuan (Download slides)

Javier Mendiondo, Urban Development Secretary, Santa Fe, Argentina

Alvin Mejia, Senior Researcher, Wuppertal University, Germany (Download slides)