NECTAR Series on Transportation and Communications Networks Research
Edited by Cathy Macharis and Sandra Melo
Chapter 7: City Logistics in Italy: Success Factors and Environmental Performance
Carlo Vaghi and Marco Percoco INTRODUCTION Some 80 per cent of the population in Europe is living in urban areas, and the economy and industrial production is also concentrated in urban areas. ECMT (1997) estimates that at least 20 per cent of the trips made by urban population are performed for shopping and retail goods procurement purposes; also that urban freight traffic performance (in tonne-km) weights for 30 per cent of the total freight traffic and that equivalent vehicles used for urban distribution account for 20 per cent of the total urban road congestion. These data claim an active management of urban freight flows. Among the several approaches to address this issue, city logistics has now gained vast consensus among policy-makers. According to OECD (1996), city logistics is defined as ‘measures for maximising the loading factor of vehicles and at minimising the number of vehicles per km, aiming at making goods distribution in the cities more environmentally sustainable’. On this definition, city logistics implies the existence of a series of interconnected transport policies and measures aimed to reduce atmospheric pollution and congestion, and increase accessibility of cities. All those measures should in general aim to improve the quality of life in the cities. In other words, urban centres should be attractive to inhabitants and city users (employees, business people, tourists etc.). Shops must be able to receive consumer goods with specific frequency (according to the type of goods, e.g. drugs must be distributed to pharmacies up to four times per...
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