Green urban distribution systems are seen by many entrepreneurs and government agencies as a promising solution for a range of problems. This is the abstract picture that emerges from this new exploration of the opportunities and obstacles in the field of urban distribution.
Green urban distribution holds promise if it can be embedded in existing or relatively logical distribution lines. In market terms the creation of entirely new lines, possibly combined with roll-out of new infrastructure or entirely novel distribution concepts, is less promising. The reasons for this are varied in nature, but can be summed up in three terms: policy issues, communication and infrastructure.
The obstacles identified immediately beg the question: What can be done? The first thing that needs to be done is to elaborate dedicated policies addressing a number of key issues, which means combining the know-how and resources available in various tiers and agencies of government, at the same time forging alliances with the key partners in the field, i.e. producers, retailers, distributors and so on.
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The recommendations for (local) government in brief: