The overall goal is that urban logistics should contribute to attractive cities with low greenhouse gas emissions, efficient solutions for business and industry, and good quality of life for residents.

Urban logistics is the movement of goods, equipment and waste into, out of, through and within the city.

The challenges ahead involve adapting urban logistics to urban growth and the planned urban densification, combined with significantly better facilitation of public transport, cycling and walking. Trade patterns and the use of city centre areas are also changing. The supply of goods and services in cities has so far rarely been a topic within urban planning and urban development. The programme is to contribute to better integration of urban logistics in public planning and to the establishment of a professional community in Norway in the field of urban logistics.

Heavy vehicles, including long delivery vans, make up around 10 % of the traffic in Norwegian cities, smaller delivery vans just above 10 %. We do not have reliable statistics on this, and to obtain a better overview of commercial transports is one of the goals of the programme. Commercial transports are the source of a significant share of the environmental problems in cities, and it is therefore important that load capacity is well utilised and that zero- or low-emission vehicles are used. Large lorries are also a safety risk for pedestrians and cyclists. 

There are three programme areas:

  1. Knowledge basis for public policy
  2. Framework conditions that support social policy goals
  3. Facilitation of environmentally friendly urban logistics