Globally, urban freight represents up to 25 percent of urban vehicles, takes up to 40 percent of motorized road space and contributes to up to 40 percent of urban transport-related CO2 emissions. Urban freight includes a wide variety of services, from waste collection trucks to construction trucks or commercial related trucks. Today, a growing number of cities are including urban freight in their plans to reduce their emissions.


Urban vehicles are freight vehicles


Road space is occupied by freight vehicles


Urban transport emission is by freight vehicles

ICLEI’s EcoLogistics project (2017-2021) is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI), involving 9 cities in Argentina, Colombia, and India. The project focuses on capacitating governmental and non-governmental actors to build strategies and policies to promote low-carbon and more sustainable urban freight through local action and national support.

Project approach

The goal of this project is to promote low carbon urban freight (EcoLogistics) policies and practices contributing to climate change mitigation and towards meeting the ambitions of NDCs in Argentina, Colombia and India.

EcoLogistics” promotes transportation of goods by giving priority to health, safety, people-centered urban development and low-emission and will encourage circular and regional economies to limit the growth of freight transport.It follows the strategy to Avoid (and reduce) the freight volume and haul distance, Shift (and maintain) to more sustainable modes of freight transportation, Improve the logistics operations by use of technologies and better operation.




Project outputs

Comprehensive city profile on urban freight
Project experience documented in a “EcoLogistics Handbook” and disseminated globally
Self-monitoring tool to measure the existing performance of urban freight emissions
Low Carbon Action Plan for Urban Freight (LCAP-UF) for all project cities
National EcoLogistics Policy Recommendation (NELPR) for each country

Project activities

Establishing a multi-stakeholder working group at each project city comprising all identified key actors
Capacity building workshops in each country with relevant stakeholders
Setting GHG emission baseline for urban freight for each project city
Establishing urban freight targets for each project city
Project scenarios for future implementation of mitigation measures in urban freight
International reporting of project cities on urban freight emissions in the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR)

Project results are shared at national and international events e.g. COP 2020, International transport forums.

Project cities



Buenos Aires

Population: around 3 million inhabitants (2010)
Capital and the largest city of Argentina



Population: 1.31 million inhabitants (2015)
3rd largest city in Argentina
Rosario is the epicenter of an urban conglomerate known as the Rosario Metropolitan Area.


Santa Fe

Population: 522,200 inhabitants (2015)
Capital of the province of Santa Fe and ninth largest city in Argentina




Population: 8.08 million inhabitants (2017) for district
Capital of the country and largest city in the country



Population: 398,800 inhabitants (2017)
Capital of the department of Caldas


Valle de Aburrá

Population: 3.60 million inhabitants (including Medellín’s 2.43 million inhabitants) (2015)
Second largest metropolitan area in Colombia




Population: 2.12 million inhabitants (2011)
Largest city in the state of Keral



Population: 114,800 inhabitants (2011)
Capital and largest city in the state of Goa
Panaji’s location on the bank of the Mandovi River estuary makes it an important logistics center.



Population: 171,600 inhabitants (2011)
Capital and largest city of the state of Himachal Pradesh


Project partners

IKI EcoLogistics is a project implemented by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. The ICLEI World Secretariat is responsible for project management and coordination. ICLEI South America Secretariat and ICLEI South Asia Secretariat are the implementing partners. Despacio, the Smart Freight Centre and the Zaragoza Logistics Center are technical partners for this project.

The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

Read more:


Download the latest EcoLogistics brochure.
Download the EcoLogistics country profile.
Download the EcoLogistics city profile!
WC2018 ecologistics postcard_YZ_final_Page_1
Download the postcard!

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