Following the green signs for Freight in The City with a rooftop view of smog across London.

Top of the N22 hill, Scania trucks at the front door of the Ally Pally venue, a monster-sized John Lewis double-deck trailer inside; a forum to debate the challenges and explore the opportunities that continue to emerge in the urban logistics sector.

Alex Williams TfL key comment noted the freight plans for the future, Ian Clough DHL and Rob Fowler DPD spoke express delivery and Ben Farrell John Lewis of retail delivery overtaking high street sales.

Latest trucks and vans in the exhibition hall, Renault EV below the Palm Court window, Gnewt volume van electric at the organ end of the Grand Hall. Seminar room had all topics, avoiding PCNs, counter terrorism, all the way to direct vision, it was an exceptional opportunity to bump into chums, network and talk clean air above the London smog of the City and West End. If you did not make it, take a look at the snaps gallery below.

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Hermes UK boss, chief executive Martijn De Lange ,

We are extremely proud to officially open our state-of-the-art depot in Hemel Hempstead, which will significantly increase the network capacity in the South East. This project demonstrates our total commitment to environmentally friendly, world-class delivery solutions, not just for today, but for the foreseeable future.

The new green Hermes depot opens pre-peak with 80,000 sq ft at Prologis Park in Hemel Hempstead covering the south east geographic with easy access to M1 and M25.

 

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Clean air final mile - operator input, academics and retailers

Asking the sustainability question about lithium mining

TfL light vehicle LoCITY event hosted in the heart of the City of London at London Met University to talk all things express, final mile, last mile.

Carl Lomas chairing with Donata MacCrossan for TfL - DfT in the room. Operators, retailers and academics in a hot house of all things clear air for final mile.

Guests and group members from vehicle manufacturers, including LDV, to retailers, including Sainsbury’s and a host of operators: Fedex, ZE Cargo, Mango, Addison Lee and more using all forms of energy; hydrogen, LPG, electric-only and hybrids.

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Ten Nissan eNV2000s spearhead Westminster operation.

News this week DPD opened its all-electric parcel depot in the heart of Westminster and announced plans for a further seven all-electric sites in the capital.

Dwain McDonald, CEO of DPD commented, ‘This is a hugely significant announcement for us with Westminster set to be the first of a series of all-electric DPD depots.’

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John Lewis Partnership announces ambitious plan for reducing HGV emissions during Green GB Week on Tuesday. All John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners heavy delivery trucks will be switched to low-carbon biomethane-powered versions by 2028, cutting HGV emissions by over 80%

Claire Perry, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, 'The UK has led the world in cutting emissions whilst growing our economy.

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Birmingham declaration committing the signing governments to the vision of a zero emission future for transport.

Prime Minister Theresa May

Transport must be de-carbonised. With the aim of making a decisive impact on road transport emissions, we will take concrete steps to: Accelerate the transition to low emission vehicles...

Prime Minister Theresa May this week signed the ‘BIRMINGHAM DECLARATION ON ZERO EMISSION VEHICLES’ 

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DfT report Sunday Sept 9th, clean cars, vans, and taxis could be equipped with green number plates under new plans to promote awareness of ultra-low emission vehicles.

IOC are supporting the green badge of honour for final mile, last mile express delivery.

If it's got a green number plate, it’s a clean air van; DfT propose new plate colours to identify the clean air vehicles, and the PM is showcasing all things clean air this week in summits on Tuesday and Wednesday.

IOC have long committed to LoCITY and have been in talks with GLA, DEFRA and other cities including Manchester to find clean air final mile solutions.

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Mayor, TfL and the Met launch the "boldest-ever plan" to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on London’s roads.

The Mayor of London, Transport for London (TfL) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) have this week published London’s first ‘Vision Zero’ action plan, which sets out bold and ambitious plans to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from London’s transport network.

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Rich in operator discussion at the heart of low emission solutions for light vehicles, cargo bikes and small vans

Lomas opened with a pineapple example of supply chain delivered to the door in the exploding e-retail final mile client chain.

Rob Scott Greater London Hire, GLH, ‘We all need to be more joined up with a common view of clean air.

Sam Clarke Gnewt, ‘It's crazy not to have parking next to charge points.

Kevin Valentine, Addison Lee, ‘You need to scale up the rapid charges really fast.'

June sunshine, football fever as TfL LoCITY light vehicle group packed the Broadway TfL building in SW1, no seats left in the house, operators talking real delivery of clean air included, CitySprint, Addison Lee, Ocado and UPS as frank exchanges detailed the understanding of real world steps, for April 2019 ULEZ and what was going to be beyond.

 

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With National Clean Air Day 21st June falling in the middle of Ride to Work Week 18th – 24th June, Institute of Couriers CEO, Tracey Worth thought it was a good opportunity to highlight the part motorcycles play in reducing congestion and air pollution in the UK.

IOC President Viscount, Lord Falkland was on two wheels for a week in parliament and took the opportunity during Harriet Harman's speech to announce he was commuting to the Lords on a motorcycle.

From GLA Clean Air conference at City Hall to a Manchester meeting, Tracey took to two wheels for her commute.

Great fun on a very smart red Ducati two wheeler that was an easy machine to handle in both the city traffic and the urban roads.

With a pair of panniers the bike would be at home on final mile deliveries but this trip was just between meetings. It was quick, economical and delivered a clean air solution.

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