This blog was written by the Sustainable Mobility team at ICLEI World Secretariat.
One of the most significant trends from the coronavirus pandemic is the sharp increase in e-commerce for home delivery. Ordering products from restaurants, grocery stores, or online shops is certainly convenient for the customer – but it poses significant challenges for cities trying to lower greenhouse gas emissions from last-mile logistics.
Up to 70 percent of the world’s transport emissions come from road vehicles moving people and freight (World Economic Forum, 2020), and by 2030 around 100 cities will increase carbon emissions by about 30 percent in the last-mile deliveries (International Energy Agency, 2020).
How are cities addressing key challenges and opportunities in sustainable urban freight?
Through examining mobility projects in Europe, the United States, Latin America, and Asia, we identified three main challenges for cities implementing sustainable urban logistics: