Taoyuan City Government and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability work together as international leaders in sustainable freight and ecological logistics. Through sustainable urban freight planning, we make the urban environment more sustainable and livable.
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.
Cities generate an estimated 75% of all global CO2 emissions and urban freight contributes up to 40% of these emissions. The industry’s environmental impact is only set to increase further as global freight demand is estimated to triple between 2015 and 2050.
Could traditional last-mile logistics finally be undergoing a much needed transformation? The way goods and services arrive at the people’s doors has never been more important. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, e-commerce was on the rise and so were demands for greater levels of service and convenience from consumers. However, such demands come at a cost.
In the Daxi Commercial District of Taoyuan, the challenges of urban freight are clearly on display. The historic old town, Daxi’s narrow streets, unique architectural style and exquisite wooden features make it a charming and popular neighborhood for locals and tourists alike.
Currently trucking in cities contribute to poor air quality and greenhouse gas emissions and also to overall efficiency of the city. There’s a need to continue working on this side and many cities are recognizing the importance of this topic and starting pilot projects.
The variety of freight projects in Taoyuan is what makes for sustainable logistics strategy. Low emission vehicles, freight stakeholder engagement, and plenty of logistic clusters are important elements of that strategy.
Have you ever wondered about the journey of the morning coffee you brew or buy from a store? How did it reach from the coffee estates to your cup?
Freight movement forms an invisible ecosystem that supports urban economies and communities. Freight transport makes up about 25 percent of traffic in cities but takes up 40 percent of road space and creates 40 percent of transport-related emissions. Freight traffic also disproportionally contributes to road accidents and pollution, imposing hardships on urban communities.
Here are the 8 foundational principles local governments can follow to help lead the transition to sustainable urban freight