Since May 2013 the SMARTSET project has developed and shown how freight transport in European cities and regions can be made more energy-efficient and sustainable. This has been achieved by focusing on the three different areas: market based business models, energy-efficient vehicles, and incentives and regulations.
The SMARTSET project included a number of sites with diverse conditions, all with a common starting point: the need for the development of sustainable business models to overcome existing market barriers.
Within SMARTSET, market based business models have been developed that play a crucial role in the development of energy-efficient distribution solutions. The introduction of clean vehicles for last mile distribution and the use of intermodal transport have been facilitated within the SMARTSET project. By distributing with small electric vehicles, the local environment will be drastically improved in terms of greenhouse gas and particle emissions, road safety and congestion, making city centres more attractive. Incentives and regulations have been developed in the SMARTSET project; these are necessary to steer towards energy-efficient urban freight transport and to support the development of freight consolidation services. Previous systems of incentives have also been studied.
SMARTSET provided examples of good practice that can support cities, regions and countries to contribute to the European Union ‘20-20-20’ targets for reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and improvement in energy-efficiency. The activities and the positive effects of the project are expected to continue far beyond the life of the SMARTSET project.
This SMARTSET final brochure presents the methods used as well as the results and achievements of all SMARTSET application sites.