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City freight deliveries combining rail trunking and low-emission final-mile vehicles set to expand

July 10, 2015 Hayley Pink

An end-to-end city delivery scheme between the East Midlands, Yorkshire and London that combines rail trunking with low-emission first and last-mile journeys is expanding. The ‘London Link’ was launched in 2011 as a partnership between logistics firm 5PL (UK) and Wego Carbon Neutral Couriers. It sees goods collected for first and last-mile legs by cycle courier or electric van from centres in Yorkshire, the East Midlands and London and transported on its trunk journey on passenger trains. Jeff Screeton, MD […]

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Local authorities pivotal in promoting shift to low-emission vehicles in cities

July 7, 2015 Hayley Pink

Take-up of low-emission vehicles in towns and cities is steadily increasing year-on-year, but local authorities have a significant part to play in supporting this growth. This was the message delivered by the Office of Low-Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to delegates attending a Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership workshop in York city yesterday (6 July). Steve Ives, head of energy systems at OLEV, said the government’s Go Ultra Low City Scheme would be sharing £35m between two to four successful cities bidding for […]

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Freight in the City seminar programme to provide practical, real-life guidance to improve city deliveries

July 7, 2015 Hayley Pink

The seminar programme is taking shape for the inaugural Freight in the City Expo on 27 October at London’s Alexandra Palace. Split into three distinct work streams to cover all aspects of clean, safe and efficient urban logistics, the seminars will bring together operators, local authorities, businesses, industry experts and policy-makers to inspire delegates to push the boundaries of improving their city centre deliveries. Presentations and activities will demonstrate the many successful urban freight schemes taking place both in UK […]

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Climate Change Committee recommendations for lowering UK transport’s greenhouse emissions

July 2, 2015 Hayley Pink

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has urged the government to provide greater long-term certainty on policies that enable the UK transport industry to invest in emission-reduction schemes and vehicles. It said many existing policies and funding streams for the transition to a low-carbon economy are due to end by 2020 and should be extended as soon as possible to give confidence to investors and support innovation. Domestic transport accounted for 22% of total UK greenhouse emissions during 2014 – […]

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Zero-emission refrigeration units for HGVs move a step closer

June 30, 2015 Hayley Pink

A greener way to transport refrigerated and frozen goods moves a step closer with the opening of Dearman’s new R&D facility near Croydon, Surrey. The Dearman Technology Centre  is the first dedicated liquid air engine facility of its kind and will enable the company to begin full testing of its zero-emission engine technology. It will become a hub of liquid air engine design, engineering, test and development. When fully operational it will enable the testing of four engines simultaneously, along […]

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Scottish urban delivery guide launched by FTA

June 30, 2015 Hayley Pink

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has launched a policy guide for making efficient urban deliveries to Scottish towns. It aims to support economic growth in Scotland’s cities – and builds on the legacy of collaborative working practices that maintained efficient services in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The document highlights the importance of freight to Scotland’s city economies, out-of-hours delivery guidance, improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions and cycling safety issues. Chris MacRae, FTA’s head of policy […]

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Local authority guide to encouraging uptake of low-emission vehicles launched

June 25, 2015 Hayley Pink

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (Low CVP) has launched a good practice guide for ‘Local Measures to Encourage the Uptake of Low Emission Vehicles’. This new guide aims to assist local and city authorities in understanding a broad range of policy measures and initiatives that can be used to encourage the uptake of LEVs. It covers 12 distinct areas including planning, procurement and infrastructure provision. A key recommendation is that policy measures implemented at local level should be consistent with […]

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Van cost and carbon tool predicts savings through low-carbon vehicles

June 25, 2015 Hayley Pink

Cenex has launched an online van cost and carbon calculator tool to enable fleet decision-makers to explore if low-carbon vehicles could be feasible for their operations The VC3 system computes the economic and environmental performance of diesel, electric, gas and stop-start van technologies, based on real-world driving scenarios. “By providing a realistic whole-life cost, the VC3 de-risks the implementation of low carbon fleet solutions,” said Steve Carroll, technical specialist at Cenex. “The tool is based on real-world driving cycles, meaning […]

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Arcese to roll-out natural-gas vans for London last-mile operation

June 25, 2015 Hayley Pink

Arcese is to introduce natural gas-powered vans for last-mile urban deliveries in London this summer. The Italian logistics firm already launched a similar operation on Milan’s restricted traffic areas and  historical centre at the start of the year, as part of its environmental strategy and to meet demand from customers for sustainable logistics. A pilot project was undertaken using natural gas vans for deliveries in urban areas as an alternative to traditional internal combustion engines, with CO2 emissions reduced by […]

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NHS Trust reaps benefits from move to electric vans

June 24, 2015 Hayley Pink

A Northumbria NHS Trust has taken delivery of its 13th Nissan E-NV200 this year, having found the switch to electric-powered vans the ideal choice for the short, community-based journeys they operate on. The vehicle was supplied by Lex Autolease and was the rental firm’s 2,000th plug-in electric vehicle on its fleet. Michael Taylor, Trustwide hotel services officer at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Trust wanted a cost-effective transport method to replace their fleet of ageing diesel vans and […]