Feasibility of an Urban Consolidation Centre in Bergen? Transferability of best practice
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- Master Thesis 
Transportation sector is responsible for the majority part of non-quota emissions in Norway. The local government in Bergen has introduced several measures to reduce the number of polluting passenger cars on the streets. The CO2 emittance of automobiles has been significantly reduced by incentivizing cleaner vehicles and fuels and promoting the use of public transportation. However, when it comes to vehicles used for transportation of goods the phasing-in of greener fuels lacks behind scalable technology, and due to freight transportation being a commercial matter, the organization of it is trusted in private hands. That leads to inefficient practices as a growing number of freight vehicles unutilized for their load factor are imitating each other’s movements, creating congestion, and competing for already limited space with other road users. These inefficiencies contribute to local air pollution and noise emissions, while putting vulnerable road users at risk. Negative externalities of freight transportation have a measurable cost to society and call for better optimization on the movement of goods. Urban Consolidation Centre (UCC) is a potential solution to these inefficiencies and has been used as a measure for improving freight flows in many countries around Europe and the rest of the world. However, even though the environmental gains of UCCs are positive, often-times these initiatives fail to reach the break-even point economically. Replicating the success of a UCC that does have an economically sustainable business model requires analysing the enabling conditions that facilitated its effectiveness.