The demand for sustainable urban freight mobility is continuously increasing all over Europe and commercial vehicles typologies have to be considered as relevant aspect.

The urban space is ever and ever limited and appropriate policy measures taken by city administrations (only as temporary solutions) to reduce congestion in urban areas and are becoming insufficient. When the European Council in Gothenburg, June 2001, following the vision of a Sustainable European Transport System, identified the goal to decouple economic growth and growth in transport demand, it set itself a very ambitious target: this was later more specified in the Commission White Paper: “European transport policy for 2010: time to decide” (COM(2001) 370: to fight congestion and to decelerate or even reverse unsustainable mobility trend by:

  • better integrating and rebalancing transport modes,
  • improving safety, performance and efficiency,
  • minimising their impact on the environment,

ensuring the development of a genuinely sustainable European transport system, while supporting European industry’s competitiveness in the production and operation of transport means and systems.”

CITYMOVE Consortium strongly believes energy and transport both constitute important systems of our human society. Nearly all human activities in European societies require energy input. Mobility becomes more and more important for today life. In economic terms this is reflected in the employment opportunities generated by transport e.g. the 7.5 Mio employed in the transport service sector of the EU25. The downside of this development becomes obvious looking at the growing share of transport emissions on total human greenhouse gas emissions, which is reaching 30% today, and the nearly 100% dependence of transport on fossil fuels. Given this current framework the requirement for changes in the transport system becomes obvious.

CITYMOVE aims to reduce the effects of traffic congestion reducing the impact of external factors and to confirm positive trends over time, as new situations are encountered and learned from the market. The nature of the problems addressed entails an approach at Community level, as common situations that can be found at urban level moving on the EU cities. EU samples are required, both in terms of use cases and in terms of research and industrial background.

CITYMOVE expected impacts are considerable and ambitious: the consortium expects to bring into scene sound improvements on transport system efficiency through a significant reduction in terms of vehicles circulating, shorter missions that will help in respecting just-in time deliveries and lower Costs per vehicles and per Unit of Payload delivered.