Delivery and servicing is essential to keep London’s businesses in operation, and to provide us all with the goods we require. However, the impact on congestion and air quality from mainly diesel fuelled trucks and vans across the city is substantial. The emissions from these vehicles cause a range of harmful health effects particularly for those most vulnerable in our society such as the very young, the elderly and those with existing respiratory and cardio-vascular illnesses. It is estimated that 9,500 people in London die prematurely each year due to exposure to poor air quality.
London boroughs have a duty to work towards improving air quality to protect the health of their residents. Significant work has already been done to improve the bus and taxi fleet and create safer spaces for walking and cycling. However, the increased demand for goods and services due to a growing population and a reliance on online retailing has led to a phenomenal increase in delivery vehicles on our roads. These vehicles represent almost one quarter of all vehicles on London’s roads.
London’s population is set to increase to 10.1 million people by 2030; we will therefore require even more delivery and servicing vehicles to supply Londoners with the goods and services they require. Currently, almost 20 percent of nitrogen oxide emissions are from vans and trucks. By changing the way we purchase goods and services we can reduce the need to have so many deliveries.
What is being done?
Low Emissions Logistics is a partnership between Lambeth, Southwark, Croydon and Wandsworth councils. Funding has been secured through the second round of the Mayors Air Quality Fund with the principle aim of the project being to reduce pollutant emissions from delivery and servicing vehicles.
What can you do?
Whether you are a local resident or a business there are many things you can do to help us reduce the number of polluting vehicles on our roads.
What are the benefits to you?
By reducing the number of vehicles on our roads we will reduce air pollution and improve the public realm. This is safer for walking and cycling and creates a more pleasant environment within which to live, work and do business. Businesses that share suppliers can also benefit from having greater purchasing power and negotiate savings from suppliers.