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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.

Recently Better Bankside has been successful in bringing in match funding from Transport for London to tackle this problem, both projects are ongoing.

Waste Micro-Consolidation Project

Better Bankside’s Maintenance Team, in partnership with Paper Round, are collecting rubbish from businesses using our zero emissions vehicle. 

Fourteen businesses across Bankside agreed to replace their previous multiple HGV waste collections with a single electrical vehicle. Working at off-peak times wherever possible, the vehicle collected waste (general rubbish, dry mixed recycling, cardboard, paper and food waste) from a range of businesses (including architects, designers, cafes and bars) and brought it all to a single waste consolidation centre, provided by Borough Market, for sorting, compacting and removal. 

Before the project, waste collections from the businesses took place up to four times a day. Immediately, the trial removed around 70 diesel vehicle trips per week and replaced them with fewer journeys, all made by a single, electric vehicle. 

King’s College London assessed data recorded during the project to determine the reduction in diesel freight vehicles and improvements to air quality. It found that this relatively simple change in collection rates and nature of vehicle produced huge reductions of pollution. It led to a 97% reduction in NOX emissions; PM10 and PM 2.5 emissions reduced by 58.5% and 58.8% respectively.

The next stage of the project will be to increase the number of businesses taking part from 14 to 40 

A final report of the project will be published on this page in March 2019.

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. 

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, especially in the poor air quality areas near Borough High Street.

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 Freight Forum and Workshop will take place in Q1 2019, download the notes from our past forums on this page.

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