Panaji Highlights Low-Carbon Strategies for Urban Freight at Daring Cities 2021

India has witnessed rapid economic growth in the past few decades, along with accelerated investment and the development of critical infrastructure, including transport infrastructure. However, with the growing urban population, cities are witnessing the negative effects of increased freight traffic, such as high levels of air pollution and GHG emissions, risks to the road safety of people, and the economic burden of congestion.

In this context, the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP), with technical support from ICLEI South Asia, is implementing the EcoLogistics project to prioritise urban freight strategies that will reduce the externalities such as impacts on air quality, noise levels, and health, and reduce fatalities, injuries, traffic congestion and GHG emissions.

Among the pioneering cities in India that are developing low-carbon strategies for urban freight, in collaboration with ICLEI South Asia, CCP was invited to present their Low Carbon Action Plan on Urban Freight during the cornerstone event at the Daring Cities 2021 conference. The invitees included Mr. Shrikant Lawande, Municipal Engineer Grade III, CCP, and ICLEI South Asia staff Amar Kulkarni. The Daring Cities 2021 conference was organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Federal City of Bonn, in partnership with the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Foundation for International Dialogue of the Savings Bank in Bonn, the Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan, and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany.

Officials from CCP and ICLEI South Asia staff presented the strategies and key steps taken by the Corporation and the processes involved in developing the Low Carbon Action Plan. The importance of mapping and involving stakeholders was also discussed. The formation of a multi-stakeholder working group, comprising stakeholders from various backgrounds including the government, assisted in improving decision making at the local government level. The presentation also gave insights into freight emissions in Panaji, causes of emissions, mapping of freight micro issues in the city, and the subsequent goals and strategies developed by CCP to achieve low-carbon and efficient urban freight movement at the local level.

The EcoLogistics project is being supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, through the International Climate Initiative. Apart from Panaji, the project is being implemented in the cities of Kochi and Shimla in India. The project intends to showcase approaches for integrating urban freight as part of the overall city development and for reducing negative externalities attached with the sector.

Kaiser-Friedrich-Str. 7
53113 Bonn
T: +49-228/97 62 99-00
F.+49-228/97 62 99-01 Email:
European Secretariat
Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg, Germany
Brussels Office
Av. de Tervuren 35
1040 Bruxelles
Berlin Office
St. Oberholz ROS Team Room 4.02 Rosenthaler Str. 72a 10119 Berlin, Germany
Physical address:
3 Knowledge Park
Century City
Cape Town
South Africa
Postal address:
PO Box 5319
South Africa
Canada Office
401 Richmond St. W
Studio 204
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3A8, Canada
USA Office
536 Wynkoop St.
Suite 901
Denver, Colorado
USA 80202
Mexico, Central American and Caribbean Secretariat
Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas 13 Building Miguel Abed, Floor 5 Office 506 and 507, Col. Centro, CP 06050 Del. Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico
Colombia Office
Área Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá Carrera 53 N° 40A - 31 Medellín, Antioquia – Colombia
ICLEI Argentina
Boulevard Gálvez, 1150 Planta Alta. Santa Fe, Argentina
South America Secretariat Brazil Project Office
Rua Ibiraçu, 226, Vila Madalena
São Paulo / SP - Brazil
CEP 05451-040
South Asia Secretariat
Ground Floor, NSIC-STP Complex NSIC Bhawan, Okhla Industrial Estate New Delhi – 110020, India
East Asia Secretariat
14/F, Seoul Global Center Building, 38 Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea (110-110)
Southeast Asia Secretariat
c/o The Manila Observatory Ateneo de Manila University Campus Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1101 Manila, Philippines
ICLEI Indonesia Project Office
Rasuna Office Park III WO. 06-09 Komplek Rasuna Epicentrum Jl. Taman Rasuna Selatan, Kuningan DKI Jakarta, 12960, Indonesia
Oceania Secretariat
Level 1, 200 Little Collins Street Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Associate Partnership
Associate Partnership
Associate Partnership
Associate Partnership
Associate Partnership
ICLEI membership application
ICLEI membership application
ICLEI membership application
ICLEI membership application
ICLEI membership application
Want to be a model?
Want to be a model?
Want to be a model?
Want to be a model?
Want to be a model?
ICLEI membership online application form
ICLEI membership online application form
ICLEI membership online application form
ICLEI membership online application form
ICLEI membership online application form