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Guide for Sustainable Urban Logistic Plans (SULPs)

The excerpt below is from the SULP draft, prepared specifically for the sixth annual SUMP Conference in Groningen, 17-18 June 2019. The final version will be published at the CIVITAS Forum Conference in Graz, 2 – 4 October 2019. The full text comes with recommendations and checklists. 


The 8 SUMP principles in the context of ‘a Sustainable Urban Logistics Plan’: 

  • Plan for sustainable mobility in the ‘functional city’. 
  • Develop a long-term vision and a clear implementation plan. 
  • Assess current and future performance. 
  • Develop all transport modes in an integrated manner. 
  • Cooperate across institutional boundaries. 
  • Involve citizens and relevant stakeholders. 
  • Arrange for monitoring and evaluation. 
  • Assure quality. 

SULP Implementation Steps 

Set up working structures. Create inter-departmental core team & con-sider getting external support. Ensure political and institutional ownership & plan stakeholder and citizen involvement. Evaluate capacities and re-sources. 

Define the development process and scope of the plan. Assess planning requirements and define geographic scope (“functional urban area”). Link with other planning processes. Involve the stakeholders in the planning process. Agree time plan and work plan. 

Analyse the current UFT situation. Identify information sources and coop-erate with data owners. Analyse problems and opportunities. 

Build and jointly assess scenarios. Develop scenarios with citizens and stakeholders. Discuss scenarios with citizens and stakeholders. 

Develop vision and objectives with stakeholders. Agree a common vision of mobility and beyond (input from SUMP Activity 5.1.). Co-create objec-tives for all modes with stakeholders. 

Set targets and indicators. Identify indicators for all objectives and Agree on measurable targets. 

Select measure packages with stakeholders. Create and assess measures with stakeholders & Define integrated measure packages. Plan measure evaluation and monitoring. 

Agree actions and responsibilities. Describe all actions. Estimate costs and identify funding sources. Agree priorities, responsibilities and timeline. En-sure wide political and public support.