Four South London boroughs are set to join forces to cut damaging vehicle emissions from their own delivery contractors.
Lambeth, Southwark, Wandsworth and Croydon are signing an agreement to work together to investigate opportunities to order services and goods together and whether to open a communal ‘consolidation centre’. This would allow products from multiple suppliers to be delivered using just one vehicle.
This could cut down the number of journeys made by delivery drivers by up to 75%, reducing polluting nitrogen dioxide emissions therefore improving the health of residents, and save the boroughs money through reduced prices on bigger orders.
The move – known as Low emission logistics – is being funded through the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund and is being led by Lambeth Council. The boroughs are also inviting local businesses to join the scheme so that local air quality can be further improved and greater savings can be realised.
Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Environment & Sustainability, said: “London’s roads are fast becoming gridlocked and our air quality is appalling.
“We need to find ways to reduce the amount of traffic on our roads – particularly heavy goods vehicles that pump out dirty pollutants.
“By the four boroughs ordering together and coordinating deliveries from four separate journeys to just one, we can not only improve the environment but also save money, which can then be used for other air quality improvement schemes.”
The first part of the project is to identify all the council buildings, suppliers and delivery routes currently in operation.
Low emission logistics follows a similar scheme in North London, where an agreement between Camden and Islington councils has had a positive effect on local air quality. Islington have reported a 62% reduction in vehicle movements from deliveries to their administrative buildings after one year of joining the scheme.
The Mayor’s Air Quality Fund has granted £50k to the project and each borough will contribute £12.5k during 2016/17, which will pay for dedicated officers to get the project started. If initial results are successful, the four boroughs will then decide whether to continue match funding with Transport for London and the GLA until 2019.