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Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 381; doi:10.3390/su8040381

Urban Freight Transport Planning towards Green Goals: Synthetic Environmental Evidence from Tested Results

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2,†,*
1
Dipartimento di ingegneria dell’Informazione, delle Infrastrutture e dell’Energia Sostenibile, Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, 89122 Reggio Calabria RC, Italy
2
Department of Enterprise Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, 00133 Roma, Italy
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Benjamin T. Hazen and Russell G. Thompson
Received: 15 February 2016 / Revised: 3 April 2016 / Accepted: 6 April 2016 / Published: 19 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green Logistics)
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Abstract

This paper reviews the ex-post assessment of city logistics measures implemented in some European cities and, in a “what if” framework, proposes an analysis of tested environmental effects which may be useful in defining city logistics scenarios to be evaluated ex ante by simulation models. The analysis is performed in relation to the goals of environmental sustainability to pursue and the main characteristics of the cities in question (i.e., population and density). The paper aims to provide a tool that could be used in an ex-ante assessment methodology to identify a priori which measures (or set of measures) could best work in a specific city with respect to the environmental sustainability goals to pursue. Future scenarios can, thus, be readily defined and subsequently assessed by simulation tools in order to verify whether they meet the planned objectives. Although all measures can produce considerable environmental effects, the study shows that the choice of their implementation should be driven by the type of pollutant to detect. View Full-Text
Keywords: city sustainability; urban freight transport; city logistics; environmental impacts; sustainable goal indicators; green city logistics city sustainability; urban freight transport; city logistics; environmental impacts; sustainable goal indicators; green city logistics
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Russo, F.; Comi, A. Urban Freight Transport Planning towards Green Goals: Synthetic Environmental Evidence from Tested Results. Sustainability 2016, 8, 381.

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