Vehicle Orientated Initiatives for Improving the Environmental Performance of Urban Freight Systems

  • Russell G. ThompsonEmail author
Part of the Greening of Industry Networks Studies book series (GINS, volume 4)


Freight vehicles contribute a substantial amount to the environmental impacts within cities. There are several emerging engine and alternative fuel technologies that have the potential to reduce the fossil fuel consumption as well as to improve the air quality within urban areas. Larger capacity vehicles allow more freight to be carried with less vehicles and can significantly reduce the amount of freight traffic and emissions. City Logistics schemes provide an opportunity for promoting innovative vehicle technologies. Partnerships between the public and private sectors can lead to solutions that lower the environmental and financial costs for freight transport. This chapter outlines a range of technologies and city logistics schemes that can improve the environmental performance of urban freight systems.


Alternative fuel vehicles Performance based standard vehicles City logistics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Melbourne School of EngineeringThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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