Air quality

Van carbon emissions decline ahead of EU targets

May 28, 2015 Hayley Pink

CO2 emissions from vans are continuing to decline ahead of EU targets, according to latest figures released by the European Environment Agency. Around 1.4 million new vans were registered in the EU last year, with average emissions of 169.2g of CO2/km. This represents a 2.4% drop on 2013’s emissions and is significantly below the EU’s target for 2017 of 175g CO2/km. The light commercial vehicle market is growing significantly each year, with registrations up by 18% last year across Europe, […]

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Freight in the City Expo promises to solve sustainable urban freight challenges

May 27, 2015 Laura Hailstone

Following the success of last year’s Quiet Cities Global Summit, Motor Transport publisher Road Transport Media is holding a one-day urban logistics event aimed at all stakeholders interested in enabling quiet, clean and safe deliveries. The one-day Freight in the City Expo will combine seminars, an exhibition and guided tours all aimed at ensuring visitors have a comprehensive understanding of the issues around urban logistics. “There are many challenges associated with delivering goods and services in the cities, with new […]

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Government urged to promote air quality benefits of LPG vehicles

May 18, 2015 Hayley Pink

The UK’s liquefied petroleum gas trade association (UKLPG) is urging the incoming air quality minister to support the significant role that automotive LPG could play in reducing harmful emissions from the transport sector. A Supreme Court ruling last month said the government must produce a new air quality plan by the end of 2015, following the UK’s failure to meet EU nitrogen dioxide reduction targets in several major cities, with a new air quality minister to be appointed later this […]

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UK low-carbon technology to have a ‘strong presence’ in Japan

May 14, 2015 Hayley Pink

Seven British-based firms are heading to Japan later this month to showcase the UK’s expertise in in low-carbon technology. They will take part in the Automotive Engineers of Japan (JSAE) Engineering Conference, which annually brings together key players in the next generation of vehicle design and production, with low-carbon technology high on the agenda this year. Each of the firms have received funding for their research through Innovate UK – previously called the Technology Strategy Board – as part of […]

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Freight consolidation centres an important specialism for DHL

May 11, 2015 Hayley Pink

A top DHL executive has said freight consolidation centres remain an “extremely important” sector for the business to maintain a specialism in, as he believes they will become more commonplace in the future logistics market. Vice-president of public sector, Roger Burns, says although there isn’t a vast amount of consolidation activity in the present climate, it still remains an essential area for DHL to explore growth opportunities. DHL Supply Chain currently operates three freight consolidation schemes in the UK – […]

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Urban freight hubs could be a political vote winner, says London courier Fastlane

May 6, 2015 Hayley Pink

London-based global courier Fastlane International is calling on the UK’s political parties to introduce urban freight hubs to reduce congestion and emissions in city centres. The parcel firm said the use of urban consolidation centres could be a vote winner, yet it has not been addressed by any of the major parties in the run-up to the general election. Fastlane International head of PR, David Jinks, said: “A general election is the ideal platform for setting out bold ideas such […]

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Tevva reveals range-extended electric 7.5-tonne urban delivery truck

April 21, 2015 David Wilcox

An electric range-extended low-emission 7.5 tonne delivery vehicle made its public debut at the CV Show last week, attracting an “over-whelming positive response” according to its maker. Tevva Motors, (originally Teva Motors) was set up by Israeli entrepreneur Asher Bennett in 2012 to develop an electric range-extended 7.5-tonne truck. The prototype, competed in January, attracted “lots of interest and an over-whelming positive response” at the CV Show, according to Tevva’s business project manager Richard Lidstone-Scott. Claiming pure battery-electric trucks are […]

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London Construction Consolidation Centre doubles in size as contractors realise benefits

April 1, 2015 Hayley Pink

The London Construction Consolidation Centre (LCCC) has more than doubled in size in the past 12 months, which it attributes to building contractors seeking alternative delivery methods to tackle congestion and local authority constraints they face in the capital. Operated by Wilson James, the LCCC now comprises 12,000m2 of warehousing space – last month taking on a third 4,200m2 unit to handle additional volumes. LCCC is currently servicing 15 major construction projects in the capital, including construction works at University […]

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Smart City Logistics tool aims to help local authorities improve urban freight deliveries

March 30, 2015 Hayley Pink

An online tool has been developed to help local authorities explore sustainable urban freight scenarios for their city centres. Smart City Logistics uses geographic information system technology to create an open source platform mapping a range of data including access restrictions, loading and unloading facilities, population, land use and carbon emissions. It was developed as part of the Last Mile Logistics (LaMiLo) project by the Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology with an aim to provide information to minimise congestion, […]