London councils unite to curb delivery van pollution
22 September 2016
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Four London councils have partnered to reduce emissions from delivery vehicles in the capital.
Known as Low Emission Logistics, the project spearheaded by Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth councils aims to reduce emissions from business deliveries by 40% through better co-ordination and changing purchasing behaviours.
According to the boroughs, businesses will be encouraged to share suppliers with one another, while a feasibility study will also be conducted to look into the case for setting up a consolidation centre, or central delivery hub to be used by the four councils and companies within the boroughs.
The scheme follows on from a ban on day-time deliveries on Putney High Street and an upgrade of the local bus fleet, which reduced nitrogen emissions by 80%.
"We are committed to creating cleaner air in Wandsworth and this project is another important step. By working in partnership with other councils, local businesses and residents, we can take a united and rounded approach to reducing delivery vehicle traffic on our roads," said Wandsworth deputy council leader Jonathan Cook. "Businesses that take part also stand to benefit from the positive PR that comes from making a clear commitment to reducing their emissions."
Those wishing to take part are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org