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Sustainable Freight

Better Bankside are working with local authorities and businesses to find sustainable ways to delivery good and services
Amandeep Kellay
Sustainable Travel Manager

Deliveries and servicing are vital to London's economy since 2010 its growth has also led to a 20% increase in goods vehicle movements in the capital. Unfortunately, this has contributed to an air quality crisis in the capital, congestion and road danger. In Bankside many freight movements are made in the morning peak, when there are higher numbers of vulnerable road users, including people walking and cycling.

Better Bankside is taking every opportunity to work with member businesses, TfL, Southwark Council, and the freight and servicing industry to reduce the adverse impacts of freight vehicles on the street network. The main pollutants are nitrogen oxides (NOx) and Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM2.5). Diesel vehicles are a major source of this pollution and diesel-powered freight vehicles account for 30% of traffic movements in central London at the morning peak time. We support the Mayor’s aim to reduce the number of lorries and vans entering central London in the morning peak, maintaining healthy streets help our businesses thrive and contribute to continued growth and enrichment of the city.

If you are concerned about air quality in London? Speak to us to understand your businesses air quality impact. For most businesses, the biggest impact will be through freight and your supply chains, personal deliveries sent to the workplace can also have a big impact. Better Bankside can help you review your ‘footprint’ and make recommendations on how your building can minimise it.

Delivery and Servicing Plans

Find out what your freight footprint is, by determining this you can identify how to minimise the impact of it. This could be through better procurement, identifying suppliers with cleaner vehicles or even retiming deliveries so they arrive outside of peak times. 

Great results have been seen by The Bridge who, alongside their tenant companies, has taken a proactive approach to reducing the overall number of vehicles arriving at The Bridge per day by 25%.

Please email Amandeep Kellay if you're interested in this service.

Green Logistics Centre

The Green Logistics Centre is in the early stages of planning and aims to improve the coordination of deliveries and tackle poor air quality by reducing the number of diesel vans operating in the area. Businesses can redirect deliveries to the centre which will process, (short-term) store them and delivery what you need to you on a green vehicle (electric van or cargo bike). Please email Amandeep Kellay if you're interested. 

Personal Deliveries in Bankside

Half of all air pollution comes from road traffic. 35% of all road-based Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions in Greater London are from freight. This chemical in the air is responsible for thousands of premature deaths. 

Thousands of daily trips are associated with Personal Deliveries in the Congestion Charging Zone. For Bankside businesses, personal parcels make up 30 – 60% of all deliveries.

Reducing the number of personal deliveries in central London is key to better air quality in Bankside, with online spending increasing year-on-year, businesses can nudge employees into making better delivery decisions.

Download our fact sheet (on this page) and get in touch with Amandeep Kellay see what you could do. 

Freight Forums and Workshops:

Businesses can sometimes find it difficult to find solutions to freight issues and challenges. Through our Freight Forums and Workshops, businesses come together to find innovative solutions to today’s freight challenges. The Freight Forums and Workshops also provide useful information regarding current air quality initiatives by Transport for London and the Greater London Authority, which has a direct impact on local businesses.

The Freight Forums and Workshops meet four times a year and include a range of local stakeholders, including local businesses and landowners.

Our next Forum will be air quality focuses and will take place in October 2019.

Check for latest events and briefings on the Events page or sign up to the Better Bankside mailing list.