Author: Nikola Benin
The call for applications to the fifth edition of the SUMP Award is now open. This year’s award will recognise the local or regional government that has done most to integrate urban freight with their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, or SUMP.
The focus on urban freight ties into this year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK theme of how smart and sustainable mobility can support a stronger economy. Urban freight is a challenging topic for urban and transport planners, as businesses in urban centres need reliable access to goods delivery. However, the presence of delivery vehicles often worsens problems such as traffic congestion and pollution.
Urban freight can be made more sustainable in a number of ways. Consolidating freight in a logistics centre and using a smaller number of vehicles to deliver to more addresses is one example. Using vehicles powered by hybrid or electric engines is also a good way to cut emissions from delivery fleets. Even zero-emissions vehicles such as cargo bikes have been shown to be reliable for the last step in delivery for most goods.
Applications for the 5th SUMP Award are now open
This year, the SUMP award will take freight in sustainable urban mobility planning as its theme. The 5th SUMP Award will recognise the local authority or region that has shown excellence in integrating freight in the development and / or implementation of its SUMP. The theme of the 5th SUMP Award includes the economic dimension of sustainable urban mobility planning and is therefore strongly connected to the 2016 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK theme: The economic benefits of smart and sustainable mobility.
Applications for the fifth SUMP Award are now being accepted. The closing date to make an application is 28 October 2016.
- Read the Call for Applications and the Award Criteria to learn more about whether your local government is eligible and what the jury is looking for.
- Send a completed Application Form to firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 October 2016.