The pandemic triggered the restructuring of supply chains, creating demands for new business models and skills at local level. Cities need to invest in science and the technologies that will deliver the climate-neutral, modern and socially responsible future.
This track focuses on improving cross city and in-city supply chain resilience by increasing resource independence and the ability to self-supply. It targets a reduction in travel congestion and aims to drive economic growth through improved mobility, particularly post-COVID. This track is further supported by the concept of the 15-minute city, in which daily urban necessities are within a 15-minute reach on foot or by bike. From the policy perspective it builds on the new Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy.
In this thematic, the ICC tackles, among other things:
Disruption of supply chains
- Improving supply chain resilience post-COVID, inc. self-supply and resource independence e.g., for medication, food systems through better links to rural areas
- Cross-city freight, increasing the competitiveness of industrial transport hubs and flow through economic benefits, including ports, airports
- In-city freight, looking at last mile deliveries, freight consolidation, emission zones
- Driving economic growth through improved mobility
- Reducing congestion, improving experience of citizens on journeys in urban areas (inc. availability, convenience and affordability) by improving new and existing modes
Key related initiatives:
- Improving supply chain resilience for post-COVID, including self-supply and resource independence
- New Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy
- New industrial policy
- From Farm to Fork strategy