SCTL COO Barb Ivanov joined mayors, journalists, policy and business leaders from across the globe at CityLab Paris earlier this week. She spoke on the importance of collaborative private and public partnerships in addressing mutual city concerns, such as urban congestion, economic growth, environmental sustainability and social equity, and participated in intimate roundtable discussions on how changes in cars and e-commerce are impacting cities.
Breakfast Chat - The Power of Partnerships
In 2016, UPS launched an ambitious pilot project in the city of Hamburg to deliver all packages in the city center via electronic tricycle. The voluntary project’s aim was to help the city accomplish its goal of a car-free city center, and UPS’s model of working with government to solve mutual problems has since been adopted in other cities including Dublin, London….. etc. While the slick-looking UPS “e-bikes” might get the lion’s share of attention, the real innovation isn’t the technology itself, but a broader commitment to the power of public-private partnerships. But why do these partnerships between companies and cities work where so many others have fallen short? Public-private partnership is a hotly discussed buzz phrase, but what mechanisms and relational elements are essential to harnessing its true potential? And going forward, how can cities and business collaborate to address areas of mutual concern, like urban congestion, economic growth, environmental sustainability and social equity?
· Peter Harris, Director, Sustainability, EMEA Region, UPS
· Barbara Ivanov, Director, Urban Freight Lab
· Rob Bole, General Manager, CityLab (Facilitator)