PRIORITY Priority 2. Efficient and sustainable transport systems and access to the information society
MEASURE Measure 2.1. Developing efficient transport systems with regard to sustainable development
OBJECTIVES The proposal supports the application of the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) policies, concerning the “development of a balanced polycentric urban system” as well as the “parity of access to infrastructure”.The main point of view is the freight urban transport with different characteristics of demand and supply and the different level of internalization/externalization of transport costs which produce a territorial development with different grade of sustainability and balancing of spatial structure. The proposal contributes to the 2.1 measure’s objectives related the promotion of dialogue and cooperation to deepen the understanding of the actual processes and the set up of management and policies solutions and ongoing changes in market and business open challenging new fields for transport planning (Logistic Systems and related city logistics integration into goods production and distribution processes).The general target of the CITY PORTS project is the re-organization and the process reengineering into city logistics solutions in medium and small size urban systems, making to work in coherent, efficient and sustainable way some nodes (urban systems) of EU infrastructure and information networks, by integrating the main EU policies and priorities active at local level, namely the EU policies and measures for the sustainable spatial development, the improvement of social-economic cohesion, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions the EU policies on transport . These re-organization and the process reengineering are pursued in order to achieve the general effects of Urban traffic reduction of traffic congestion, Environmental pollution reduction (air, noise, sole and cultural heritages). Thus the CITY PORTS proposal is mainly addressed to establish: an information network on city logistics solutions and to improve the transfer of management skills and know how in the field of urban freight transport and “city logistics” among the 21 participants through piloting actions.. The variety of towns involved, their different issues and their solutions give a wide range of effective prototype solutions in which the common methodological approach and the networked knowledge transfer can support the improvement of quality of specific city logistic solutions, the reduction of time and risk of implementation. Moreover the strong and diversified involvement of different public and private subjects and operators in the several urban systems will define different solutions, knowledge base, to be transferred to less dynamic regions in order to accelerate and/or to re-direct their urban development schemes.
So the main objectives of the project are the following: 1) to develop, experiment and diffuse a methodology for the analysis, selection, feasibility, and implementation of optimized and integrated “city logistics solutions”, allowing to reduce times and projects risks. This methodology will define: - criteria and methodologies for the analysis of the urban systems and the goods flows - the aspects of planning of the integrated solutions - the assessment criteria of the projects: the city logistic solution will be assessed from different points of view (economic; social and environmental; political). The areas of innovation should be identified in the development of integrated models and in the evaluation criteria, rather than in the individual technical solutions. The CITY PORTS project will establish an information network on city logistics solutions between the 21 participants in order to give a wide range of effective prototype solutions in which the networked knowledge transfer can support the improvement of quality of specific city logistic solutions. 2) to allow the development of policies of restriction/regulation of city accesses and models of logistic flows reengineering that are coherent within the CADSES area, avoiding unbalances in the distribution networks generated by interventions on one or more nodes. A further element of the methodology that will be implemented, therefore, will regard the assessment of guidelines that allow the development of city logistics solutions, in coherence with the criteria of accesses regulations, as well as the criteria of re-design of the supply chains processes (in physical and ICT terms). Of course such guidelines will take into consideration the different typologies of flow (different supply chains) and the related specific impacts that the interventions generate on them. 3) to implement a structured and rigorous modality of assessment (coherence with methodological approach; social, economic and environmental impacts) and diffusion of results: all pilot projects will carry out detailed interdisciplinary feasibility studies already shared by the stake holders. The network and the methodology proposed are also strongly oriented to encourage the investments and improve durable results in several urban systems affected by the freight transport problems so, at local level, the proposal deals with the preparation of public and/or private investments aimed to: § the development of small – scale economic patterns of considerable flexibility and the set up of optimised local regional networks, § the development of innovative services related to the city logistics of specific urban systems, § the strengthening of the role of environmentally friendly means.
PROJECT DURATION Date of project start 07/2001 Date of project finalization 12/2004 Months 41 PROJECT COST (in euro) ERDF funding 2.393.500 National co-financing (EU) 1.488.334 Other EU funding (PHARE, CARDS, etc) National co-financing (Non EU) 70.000 Private funding 822.500 TOTAL 4.774.334