ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH IN TRANSPORT
DELIVERING A LOW-CARBON FUTURE
Paul Fenton, Charlotta Hedvik and Per Erik Österlund explain how.
A road shared by many transport modes in Stockholm, © Sebastian Pichler
The City of Stockholm, Sweden's capital, and over 300 companies and organisations are working together in a Climate Pact to reduce emissions. During 2021 and beyond, a group of Climate Pact members aim to accelerate the implementation of low carbon solutions for urban deliveries and logistics.
Across Europe, the rapid growth of Internet retail and the onset of the pandemic have led to increasing demand for home deliveries and urban logistics. Many cities, private companies and other stakeholders are experimenting with new methods, techniques, and business models in an attempt to meet this demand whilst also ensuring wider societal objectives are achieved.
Stockholm as a POLIS Member
Stockholm aims at transitioning to low-carbon deliveries and logistics, © Hanna Zhyhar
Moreover, with transport being a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution, the challenges of climate change, environment, urban planning, and public health are major topics of discussion in most cities. In the City of Stockholm an inspiring form of collaborative governance – the Stockholm Climate Pact – has emerged to address these complex and shared challenges.
Stockholm’s Climate Pact has over 300 members
Stockholm’s Climate Pact is a voluntary network of over 300 companies and organisations committed to reducing their climate impact and contributing towards the transition to a fossil fuel-free and climate positive Stockholm by 2040. Participation in the Climate Pact gives members access to city politicians and experts, knowledge transfer activities and more.
This year, the City of Stockholm and a group of Climate Pact members are working on “Climate Pact Delivers” within the City-Business Climate Alliance (CBCA), a joint initiative from C40 Cities, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
The Stockholm Climate Pact shows how cities, companies and other organisations can work together to accelerate CO2 emission reductions and help improve the urban environment for all solving complex climate challenges together.
Katarina Luhr, Vice-Mayor for Environment and Climate at the City of Stockholm, © City of Stockholm
Climate Pact… Delivers – literally!
“Climate Pact Delivers” aims to demonstrate how actions by the City of Stockholm and Climate Pact members can reduce the climate impact of deliveries and logistics. Each participant commits to:
- Implementing and evaluating a solution;
- Communicating about this solution;
- Sharing results through internal channels;
- Reaching a wider audience with national and international activities;
- Participating in workshops, seminars and other activities organised by the Climate Pact, including a dialogue with Stockholm’s Vice-Mayor for Environment and Climate, Katarina Luhr. In addition, it is expected that – as each company is committed to reducing the climate impacts of transportation and goods deliveries – projects will lead to clear and measurable results within 1-2 years and to the inspiration of more companies to implement similar solutions.
Through “Climate Pact Delivers” we will demonstrate simple and effective measures that can improve the sustainability of urban logistics. This will help us implement our City climate contract and our commitment to be fossil fuel free and climate positive by 2040.
- Katarina Luhr, Vice-Mayor for Environment and Climate at the City of Stockholm
The City of Stockholm and over 300 companies and organisations work together in a Climate Pact to reduce emissions – but citizens do their part, too, © Yiwen
Delivering the transition to low-carbon deliveries and logistics
As of April 2021, 10 companies have signed up to Climate Pact Delivers and are working with the city administration to develop their solutions. The 10 companies represent a range of sectors and functions, from logistics service providers to data analytics and retailers receiving deliveries and shipping goods to customers. As such, there is scope to identify many kinds of challenges and opportunities, both individual to each company, as well as shared challenges for clusters of companies, and strategic challenges that concern most or all of the companies. Individual and shared challenges may be relatively simple to address in the short-medium term through new measures or cooperation, with the city playing a facilitation role. Examples include encouraging city-owned companies or other company clients to install charging points for service vehicles or delivery vans; investigating if companies can share charging points at terminals; or work to launch new micro-terminals enabling last-mile delivery to shops or customers using cargo bikes or light electric vehicles.
The companies that have signed the Stockholm Climate Pact
Stockholm is encouraging clean and quiet night deliveries after successful work in CIVITAS Eccentric, © City of Stockholm
Transformative change ahead
Strategic challenges may require the adoption of new approaches by the city, or dialogue with other stakeholders, such as regional or national authorities or the participating companies’ own branch organisations. Examples include work on strategic planning for improved logistics and charging infrastructure for electric heavy vehicles (which the city can proceed with); work to ensure procurement criteria used by public and private actors facilitate a low-carbon transition (which all partners can work on); or issues concerning transposition of rules from other EU member states (something the city has no mandate over, but which requires engagement with national authorities). “Climate Pact Delivers” shows how city administrations can facilitate change through dialogue and improved coordination; the initiative aims to demonstrate approaches that other cities can adapt and adopt, and which accelerate reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Identifying practical challenges - many of which are shared challenges – makes it easier to put the right people in contact with one another and to target actions that truly deliver transformative change.
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