“City logistics in top class” was the name of the seminar where Maria participated. Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö in cooperation with other parties are aiming to lift this subject to the agenda and they have created a national freight network to exchange experiences and together force the work with city logistics forward.
— The goal is to reduce emissions from freight in city centres by 70% by 2030, but it is not fully defined how to reach that. The next step is to create an action plan. In my lecture I tried to explain how complex it can be to explain what the concept city logistics really means, Maria says.
Knowledge and cooperation are key factors
Maria says that knowledge and cooperation are the two most important factors to reach the goal. She says that the people that are going to work with this question need to cooperate with all the different actors that have an interest in city freights. Another way is to employ more people with logistics expertise.
— Through cooperation and exchange of experiences complemented with a discussion about problems and possibilities you can find a solution that works out in a long-term perspective. The cooperation within the national freight network opens up a possibility to share solutions between cities, explains Maria.
The seminar that Maria held was packed to the last seat and among the guests you could find representatives from the public and private sectors, as Maria also had hoped for. She believes that the seminar became an eye-opener, she explained that city logistics and freight in cities really needs attention and work.
— One person that participated in the panel during the seminar mentioned that “shoes don’t grow in the shoe store and milk doesn’t grow in the grocery store”. Afterwards I heard someone in the audience saying that she had never thought about how the product reaches the stores. That is interesting, Maria says.