SMARTSET is still young and you are very welcomed to accompany us through the whole project-duration from May 2013 until April 2016! With SMARTSET we try to develop and shows how freight transport in European cities and regions can be made more energy-efficient and sustainable by a better use of freight terminals.
Transport of goods, both on long distances and within cities contributes to a substantial part of the total emissions generated from the transport sector, as well as congestion. Up to 20% of traffic, 30% of street occupation and 50% of greenhouse-gas emissions are generated by freight. To reach the overall goal of a more energy-efficient and sustainable urban freight transport, SMARTSET provides 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.
SMARTSET is structured around three core aspects for creating successful and attractive terminals:
Market based business models are a crucial part of the development in energy efficient distribution solutions,
Incentives and regulations are needed and necessary to steer towards an energy efficient urban freight transport, and
In order to make city centres more attractive, the introduction of clean vehicles for last mile distribution and the use of intermodal transports is facilitated as well.