Stockholm’s Climate Pact delivers low-carbon urban logistics

During 2021 and beyond, a group of Climate Pact members are working together to accelerate implementation of low carbon solutions for urban deliveries and logistics.

Across Europe, the rapid growth of internet retail and onset of the pandemic has led to increasing demand for home deliveries and urban logistics. Many cities, private companies and other stakeholders are experimenting with new methods, techniques and business models in an attempt to meet this demand whilst also ensuring wider societal objectives are achieved.

Moreover, with transportation a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution, the challenges of climate change, environment, urban planning and public health are major topics of discussion in most cities. In the City of Stockholm, Sweden, an inspiring form of collaborative governance – the Stockholm Climate Pact – has emerged to address these complex and shared challenges.

Climate Pact Delivers

This year, the City of Stockholm and a group of Climate Pact members are working on “Climate Pact Delivers” within the City-Business Climate Alliance (CBCA), a joint initiative from C40 Cities, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Climate Pact Delivers aims to demonstrate how actions by the City of Stockholm and Climate Pact members can reduce the climate impact of deliveries and logistics. Each participant commits:

  • to implementing and evaluating a solution; to communicating about this solution;
  • to sharing results through internal channels and to wider audiences through national and international activities;
  • and to participating in workshops, seminars and other activities organised by the Climate Pact, including a dialogue with Stockholm’s Vice-Mayor for Environment and Climate Katarina Luhr.

In addition, it is expected that – as each company is committed to reducing the climate impacts of transportation and goods deliveries – projects will lead to clear and measurable results within 1-2 years and the inspiration of more companies to implement similar solutions.

Delivering the transition to low-carbon deliveries and logistics

Ten companies have signed up to Climate Pact Delivers and are working with the city administration to develop their solutions. The ten companies represent a range of sectors and functions, from logistics service providers to data analytics and retailers receiving deliveries and shipping goods to customers. As such, there is scope to identify many kinds of challenges and opportunities, both individual to each company, shared challenges for clusters of companies, or strategic challenges that concern most or all of the companies. 

Companies participating in Climate Pact Delivers:

  • Ahlsell Sverige
  • Axfood
  • Bring E-Commerce & Logistics
  • E-tron
  • Havilog
  • IBM Svenska
  • IKEA Svenska Försäljning
  • L&T
  • Martin & Servera Logistik
  • Ragn-Sells Treatment & Detox.

Individual and shared challenges may be relatively simple to address in the short-medium term through new measures or cooperation, with the city playing a facilitation role. Examples include:

  • encouraging city-owned companies or other company clients to install charging point for service vehicles or delivery vans;
  • investigating if companies can share charging points at terminals;
  • or work to launch new micro-terminals enabling last-mile delivery of refrigerated produce to shops or customers using cargo bikes or light electric vehicles.

Strategic challenges may require the adoption of new approaches by the city, or dialogue with other stakeholders, such as regional or national authorities or the participating companies’ own branch organisations. Examples include:

  • work on strategic planning for improved logistics and charging infrastructure for electric heavy vehicles (which the city can proceed with);
  • work to ensure procurement criteria used by public and private actors facilitate a low-carbon transition (which all partners can work on);
  • or issues concerning transposition of rules from other EU member states (something the city has no mandate over but which requires engagement with national authorities).

“Climate Pact Delivers” shows how city administrations can facilitate change through dialogue and improved coordination; the initiative aims to demonstrate approaches that other cities can adapt and adopt and which accelerate reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Identifying practical challenges - many of which are shared challenges – makes it easier to put the right people in contact with one another and to target actions that truly deliver transformative change.

Website City-Business Climate Alliance