IOC chair of electric vehicle group, Sam Clarke is looking at green beyond the power train.

Gnewt Cargo is participating in a trial to investigate whether ‘parcel porters’ could help reduce carbon emissions from delivery vans.

Researchers from four universities are delivering the project, in which porters will meet with van drivers at the kerbside and receive pre-prepared bags of parcels to deliver to homes and offices on foot.

It is expected that this could reduce the amount of time vans spend out on delivery, thus improving local air pollution due to the decreased mileage per round.

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The IOC was on hand as LoCity opened their Fuels In Action roadshow today at Kempton Park racecourse.

A rich mix of alternative fuel providers and users were there to advise future fuel best practice and recount early-days experience with the current crop of alt-fuel tech.

A full house; five hundred registered guests at the Heathrow logistics hot-spot. An explanation of all things clean air for the pending ULEZ regs, April 2019. Alternative fuels is an answer to clean air, but driver training and consolidating deliveries is also the answer.

There was a big speaker line-up; three parallel seminars, all opened by TRL, the govt's Transport Research Laboratory. Operator speakers then took charge to talk real world experience of the new style vehicles. CitySprint spoke about refuelling hydrogen and new IOC fellow Jacquie O'Donovan talked about getting the most miles out of electric in the cold weather with the heaters on.

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Patrick Gallagher, CitySprint group chief executive,

Since the launch of our green fleet August 2017, we’ve already cut back on our CO2 emissions by as much as 10 tonnes. The trial of a hydrogen van is on a long list of environmentally friendly vehicles we have tested over the years. We hope that, along with our growing cargo bike fleet, this can prove to be a sustainable option and continue our commitment to reducing air pollution across the UK cities we operate in.

In the latest push to reduce carbon emission output, CitySprint are delighted to announce for 2018 that they will be trialling a hydrogen van to complete same day deliveries within London. (Jan 30 Logistics summit at Heathrow will further showcase the green eco-drive)

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ULEZ is not the end game, let's talk zero emission.

Sadiq Kahn's Mayor's London Transport Policy is setting what is probably the most ambitious clean air policy in the World and its dot com vans are the only vehicle sector rising on London roads in the shadow of exploding e-retail.

There was not a word on consolidation as focus remains on the exhaust pipe for clean London air.

 

Institute Of Couriers chair Carl Lomas, ‘Lets never forget it's our drivers at the coal face who are breathing this air.’

 

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9,000 deaths in London due to air pollution.

Chair of the Institute of Couriers, Carl Lomas chairs the LoCity van group for TfL, the first meeting of 2018 in the City of London was hosted by London Met University at their Moorgate Campus Jan 10th. 

LoCity is all about clean air, Mayor of London is set to tackle air pollution; nine thousand deaths have been attributed to poor air quality in the last twelve months.

The van group for LoCity has become electric-centric but gas, heavy and light gets a look-in.

Lomas opened with some context from past meetings. ‘It's clear we have two types of operated vehicles, fleets returning to a base where alternative fuel or charge can be stored, then individual operators working from home where a far greater kerb side challenge faces refuelling with alternative fuels.’

Infrastructure - charging and fuel points - was voted the number one concern by the LoCity Van group in 2017.

Lomas as chair integrated the attendees to engage, air their individual concerns and take a wide look at solutions in an open and frank round room discussion that has become a key feature event of the group's steps forward.

 

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A window on Rome, street-side petrol and diesel pumps, one thirty for diesel and one fifty for petrol but no parking and a taste of fuel in the air.

While we talk LoCity and London's lack of clean air, we are not the only congestion in Europe.

IOC chair Carl Lomas was in Rome for December, congestion around its cobbled streets is on a grand scale.

Daytime parking layers up three deep and blocks into junctions, but on the express side there is a healthy use of scooter and electric.

 

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today launched a consultation on proposals to expand the reach of Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) emission standards for HGVs to vehicles of this class operating anywhere in London by October 2020.

The consultation also seeks views on plans to expand the geographical area of the ULEZ itself for remaining classes of motorised vehicles - cars, light vans and motorcycles - by October 2021.

The Mayor has already announced that the Ultra Low Emission Zone will be introduced in central London over a year early in April 2019, replacing the T-Charge with an even tighter emission standard.

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The third annual Freight in the City Expo started true to transport with a bacon butty breakfast at the Ally Pally, North London former BBC site with views across London and the reality of a City with air quality issues.

The Ally Pally Freight in the City Expo moved into the Great Hall as more vehicles, equipment and technology were on showcase to make urban deliveries cleaner, safer and quieter. Alongside this, a packed seminar programme opening with Venn Chesterton from TRL and Express key notes from operators, Gnewt, Sam Clarke and CitySprint Ali Kagalwalla.

Industry speakers focused on exploring practical examples of sustainable city logistics operations from around the world.

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On the eve of the Lo-City Alexandra Palace show, the Mayor of London confirmed (Friday Nov 3rd) plans for the next major stage of his hard-hitting measures to help tackle London’s lethal air pollution and dramatically reduce harmful emissions with the early introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London from 8th April 2019.

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Clean air, alternative fuel van discussion hosted at London Met University, Moorgate.

Perfect mix of guests with operators alongside tech, manufacturers and govt to talk clean air, electric-centric, but other fuels on the table. TRL, TfL and DFT in the mix for discussions. Carl Lomas chairing sorted frank exchange discussions as operators talked about a jigsaw of options.

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