CET Lunch: EU goals and Norwegian cities: A case of sustainable urban logistics
Welcome to our virtual and physical seminar with Subina Shresta, PhD at CET.
Our speaker will attend physically. Participants can sign up and tune in via stream, or turn up at CET where lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.
The European Union has long emphasized sustainability in urban mobility. However, most of this emphasis has been geared towards passenger transport. A key reason for this lack of emphasis is that urban logistics was traditionally thought of as a private sector concern, with little role of public authorities in its planning. However, urban logistics is integral to how cities function. This important role of urban logistics was explicitly recognized only in 2011, when the Union brought urban logistics to the forefront of urban planning as it set an ambitious target of ‘essentially CO2-free city logistics’ by 2030.
But little remains known about the ways such EU goals have shaped national- and urban-level policymaking with regards to urban logistics. What kinds of changes do EU goals bring about in national and local planning, if any? By empirically analysing the cases of Norwegian cities, this study tries to answer if and how EU goals are localized.
About the speaker:
Subina Shresta is a PhD Candidate at Centre for climate and energy transformation (CET). She is working on the CITYFREIGHT project, which looks at the governance challenges for sustainable urban logistics.