The testing phase of the Freight Quality Partnership (FQP) of the SULPiTER project (Sustainable Urban Logistics PlannIng To Enhance Regional freight transport) has officially started.

Under the guidance of the Regional Union of the Chamber of Commerce of Veneto, these new joint coordination tools – designed to define policies for urban freight distribution – will initially be assessed in seven European cities (i.e., Bologna, Budapest, Maribor, Poznan, Prescia, Rijeka and Stuttgart).

FQPs are made up of thematic discussions among public administrations and local stakeholders to jointly design solutions and policies. SULPiTER intends to promote this tool to enhance decision-makers’ capacities and facilitate urban freight transport governance in an energy and environmental perspective.

A local stakeholder's coordination foresees a participative process of several stages starting from the analysis of international trends that affect freight distribution, to the definition of most important criticalities for the local contest and last but not least, measures’ implementation in mobility freight planning for the single urban area. As a result, urban mobility policies will be defined within an Urban logistic plan, which will include a consultation process for the elaboration of sustainable and shared measures, both in terms of efficiency and in terms of duration over the coming years.

Partners will provide regular feedback on the results of the FQP’s, to be promoted beyond the project area. The CEI Executive Secretariat - project partner responsible for communication and dissemination of activities - will share the achievements through its own channels by informing its member countries about the possibilities to improve urban freight transport in their own cities.
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  SULPiTER, funded under the under the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme was launched in June 2016, with a total budget of almost €2.5 million. It aims at supporting public administrations in improving their knowledge and in developing and adopting Sustainable Urban Logistic Plans (SULPs). SULPiTER’s challenge consists in approaching common problems and topics of the participating cities in a transnational way. Issues such as increased fragmented freight flows, traffic increase in multimodal and logistic nodes, conflicts in passenger and freight mobility and increase in e-commerce ought to be faced with innovative tools and methods, such as with FQPs.
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