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POLIS 2014: An insight into the sustainable urban mobility

LaMiLo partners, London Borough of Camden, Brussels Mobility and the Institute for Sustainability joined researchers, public authorities, logistics industry representatives and policymakers at the Polis 2014 conference in Madrid to discuss innovative transport solutions for sustainable cities and regions.

The 2014 Polis Conference is the major platform for experts to exchange on cities and regions transport challenges and discuss innovative solutions in policy and practice. This year’s edition which took place on 27-28 November, focused on the future direction of urban mobility, European transport policies for urban mobility, the current practices and future plans for more sustainable road transport and efficient movement of goods.

Sharing the learning in the context of new strategies for urban freight, London Borough of Camden and Brussels Mobility highlighted in a joint presentation the operational, financial, and environmental improvements being delivered by the pilots in Camden and Brussels

As both pilots are public sector driven initiatives, the partners spoke about the common challenges and the solutions implemented when delivering the pilots such as reducing congestion in the city, improving the air quality and creating safer roads for cyclists. The partner from London Borough of Camden also mentioned the clear reduction in the number of vehicles delivering supplies and a reduction in harmful emissions that they had observed so far as a result of the pilot. 

The two partners also presented the financial models they have been using and procurement processes and discussed with the public the long term financial viability and engagement with end users. Their approach has helped them save time and costs and render higher value services. 

Other topics presented were the sustainable urban logistics plans as tools for enhancing urban logistics processes, urban night deliveries, clean vehicles for urban freight, behaviour change, and bicycle logistics. 

Speakers included the Mayor of Madrid, the Italian Minister for Transport and a representative for the Spanish Ministry for Public Works and Transport.

The conference participants also had the chance to visit the Frevue consolidation centre in Madrid for electric freight vehicles.

To find out more about the conference and see all the presentations click here

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