Supporting cities to increase the number of zero emission freight vehicles on the roads

C40’s Zero Emission Freight Programme works with the Green and Healthy Streets Accelerator signatory cities and partners to accelerate the uptake of zero emission vehicles and infrastructure for zero emission urban goods and servicing transportation. This includes knowledge sharing and technical support on relevant projects, policies, incentives, and stakeholder engagement approaches.

The programme focuses on the following outcomes and activities:

Accelerating the wide uptake of ZEF vehicles through policies and incentives

Facilitating peer-to-peer exchanges to share best practices and challenges on:

  • curbside (parking and loading) management and effective enforcement in order to reduce congestion, expand access to data and support pricing strategies to incentivise ZEF vehicle uptake
  • ZEZs and access restrictions schemes for ZEF vehicles
  • urban (micro-)hubs for ZE last-mile deliveries

Advancing public/private sector engagement and collaboration on ZEF

Facilitating public/private exchanges in order to identify:

  • the most effective policies/incentives to support the transition to ZEF and ZEAs for different freight segments
  • opportunities to take joint action (e.g. pilots) to gain knowledge and showcase solutions which help reduce congestion and improve ZEF vehicle uptake
  • charging infrastructure needs and ZEF vehicle usage patterns
  • new models for financing ZEF vehicles and/or infrastructure to enable an equitable transition (e.g. leasing and rental for small operators/subcontractors)

Supporting the deployment of charging infrastructure for ZEF vehicles

Facilitating peer-to-peer exchanges and connections with C40 partners (ICCT, RMI, CALSTART) to understand best practices and challenges on:

  • effectively planning for and deploying charging infrastructure
  • incorporating local charging infrastructure needs within regional/national planning and investments

Monitoring progress towards ZEF

Facilitating peer-to-peer exchanges to share best practices and challenges on:

  • quantifying/ modelling emissions from ZEF transport
  • monitoring progress against ZEF goals and GHG savings
  • making the case for further ZEF policy through quantifying impacts (jobs, air quality, equity, congestion)

C40 Cities participating in the Zero Emission Freight Programme are: 
Paris, London, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Auckland, Austin, Barcelona, Berlin, Bogota, Cape Town, Heidelberg, Jakarta, Madrid, Medellin, Mexico City, Milan, Oslo, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Rotterdam, Santiago, Seattle, Seoul, Tokyo, Vancouver, Warsaw.

Partners: CALSTART/Global Commercial Drive to Zero, ICCT, RMI, T&E, TDA, POLIS.
Funders: ClimateWorks Foundation, INGKA Group

The International Council on Clean Transportation, Rocky Mountain Institute, Transport & Environment, Transport Decarbonisation Alliance, POLIS network, The Climate Group’s EV100 network, International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance, and the Zero Emission Freight Vehicle ACT Group.