|The project ENCLOSE - Energy efficiency in city logistics services for small and mid-sized European historic towns was officially approved in May 2012. Being the EWT president, the town of Den Bosch will represent the EWT in this European project. ENCLOSE focuses on logistics problems facing small and medium-sized historic e.g. Walled Towns. Targeted actions are proposed to increase energy efficiency and decrease environmental impact of freight distribution in historic urban areas
European small and mid-sized historic towns (SMHT) are a major component of Europe’s urbanised structure, with over 1000 centres located in all EU27 countries. While city logistics innovation efforts have been undertaken in most European major centres, ENCLOSE proposes to focus attention on SMHTs and to enhance the diffusion of energy efficiency and sustainable urban logistics planning solutions in EU towns. ENCLOSE addresses urban energy-efficient transport themes by:
1. qualifying the demand of Local Authorities of EU SMHTs for sustainable, energy-efficient urban logistics and freight distribution solutions,
2. spreading good practices and suitable strategies for affective integration in the overall urban mobility and town governance policies,
3. supporting the development of urban logistics and freight distribution plans, and
4. contributing to the definition recommendations to relevant institutional bodies, decision and policy makers.
The partners in ENCLOSE are the two EWT member towns of Lucca and Den Bosch and Norway Post from Trondheim (Norway) as the three forerunners. The other partners in the project are the towns of Barchnik (Bulgaria), Serres (Greece), Almada (Portugal), Alba Julia (Romania), Burgos (Spain) and Dundee (UK) and the following technical institutes or Energy agencies: Austriatech (Austria), Tipperary Energy Agency (Ireland), Institute of logistics and warehousing (Poland), Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden (Sweden), Heritage Europe (UK) and M&C marketing (Italy). The lead partner is the consultant MemEx from Livorno, Italy.
At the starting conference in Lucca all technical aspects of the cooperation project were discussed with the participating partners. Within the next week we will send out a questionnaire related to distribution of goods in urban areas to all EWT member towns. We would highly appreciate your collaboration. Your input is extremely valuable to the success of this project. The findings and best practices will be shared online and through this newsletter. Thank you for your consideration.