EcoLogistics Challenge 2021

About the EcoLogistics Challenge

Urban freight and logistics is growing fast and it is a major economic enabler. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a boom in e-commerce and has accelerated the need for last-mile logistics. This growth comes at a cost. In recent years, global freight transport has accounted for around 36 percent of the total transport-related emissions and the figure is expected to be at least equivalent to passenger transport by 2050 (ITF Transport Outlook 2019). Cities and regions are facing the challenge of curbing the adverse impacts of freight transport and logistics such as congestion, growing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, air pollution and road safety.

The EcoLogistics Challenge, organized by ICLEI and the City of Taoyuan, aims to kick-start local actions towards sustainable, clean, efficient, and safe urban freight through the EcoLogistics Principles.

ICLEI and Taoyuan City invite local and regional authorities, start-ups and civil society organizations to take on the EcoLogistics challenge and submit a short-term pilot project addressing sustainability in last-mile logistics which highlights innovative approaches and partnerships.

How to apply?


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Application deadline: 15 August

Applications should not exceed five (5) pages, and clearly address the following items:

  • Applying parties
    • Local or regional authorities
    • Local start-ups and civil society organizations
  • Introduction of the city’s key logistics challenges
  • Project idea and its importance
  • Project objectives and measures (goals, target groups, activities to be carried out, etc.)
  • Expected outcomes of the project
  • List of stakeholders involved and their roles
  • Proposed timeline
  • Indication of how the EcoLogistics challenge grant will be allocated
  • Other potential funding sources

Submitted projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • If the pilot project is aligned to one or more of the EcoLogistics Principles
  • If the pilot project is ready to be implemented
  • How beneficial would be the financial and technical assistance to the pilot project
  • If the project offers an innovative approach to an urban freight challenge
  • The expected short and long term impacts of the project?
  • The level of replicability
  • The potential for scalability

For 2021 The EcoLogistics Community will choose ONE (1) small-scale project in the field of urban freight and logistics and in particular tackling the last-mile logistics. The selected project will receive a grant of €10.000 and technical support to define the project. The pilot project should be implemented in three-four months.

Application period: 13 July to 15 August 2021 at 23:59 CEST

  • Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

Selection notification and MoU signing: August / September 2021.

Pilot project implementation: September – December 2021

  • Periodical progress reports
  • Promotion material and dissemination
  • Capacity building workshop with experts (optional)

Sharing of outcomes: December 2021 – January 2022

  • Project report
  • Project outcome event


* This is a timeframe for reference. ICLEI and Taoyuan City reserve the right to adjust the timeline to meet organizational needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Projects can have as many parties as needed, we are not expecting projects to have a specific number of parties involved. We only require you to list them and specify their role when filling the application form.

Parties can come from all around the world. What is of interest to us, is their role and contribution to the project not necessarily their geographical location. When filling out the application form you will need to list all the project’s parties and their roles, their geographical location is nor required.

There is no limit on the number of projects one city, startup or organization can submit as long as they are related to urban freight and last-mile logistics.

All projects will be taken into consideration, however, as the objective of the EcoLogistics Challenge is to help with the implementation of a pilot project, priority will be given to projects that are ready to be implemented.

Ideally the implementation process should not be longer than 3-4 months to respect the timeframe dictated for the Challenge. However, If needed, ICLEI and Taoyuan City reserve the right to adjust the timeline to meet organizational needs.

Submitted projects should at least be aligned with one of the EcoLogistics Principles. Alignment with one or more principles is not the only criteria, many aspects will be taken into account when selecting the winning project.

About the EcoLogistics Community

The ICLEI EcoLogistics Community (“Community”) formed in 2020 is the first city network globally committed to a sustainable urban freight future. The Community leads sustainable urban freight development in their cities and drives global actions in the international stage through collaborative exchange, action plans and stakeholder engagements.

Bringing together ambitious cities and experts, the Community promotes emerging solutions and joint actions to contribute to achieving global goals such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris agreement.


ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 2500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 125+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development.

The fifth-largest populated city on the island of Taiwan, Taoyuan is an international transport hub and logistic industry center, home of 80 percent of logistics companies locally and the 8th busiest by international freight traffic globally.

ICLEI Member since 2011, Taoyuan now serves as the Chair of the ICLEI EcoLogistics Community.