London air quality project to deliver ‘ambitious’ sustainable freight solutions
A new air quality project is launching in London, focused on delivering ambitious sustainable freight solutions for a Clean Air business recovery from Covid-19.
The Clean Air Villages 4 (CAV4) is being run by the non-profit Cross River Partnership on the back of the previous 1, 2 and 3 phases of the project, and will work on sustainable freight solutions covering all aspects of business operations. These ragne from the consolidation and distribution processes of goods to zero-emission modes of transport, backed by supporting technology and robust and fit-for-the-future policy elements.
It will target locations identified by the Greater London Authority as areas of high human exposure to poor air quality, and is being run in line with 23 partners, including various London Boroughs and Business Improvement Districts as well as the Kent County Council (Dartford consolidation hub) and Westminster City Council. Land owner Cadogan is also involved, with the Port of London Authority as a strategic partner.
The previous 1, 2 and 3 CAV projects delivered air quality solutions including multiple shared electric van schemes for local businesses and charities, zero-emission cargo bike schemes across air pollution hot-spots and the CRP Clean Air Villages Directory, which offers deliveries, services and products via ultra-low emission methods.
Kate Fenton, project manager at Cross River Partnership, said: “For those businesses and organisations out there that have been fortunate enough to survive [the pandemic], there is a genuine opportunity to build back better. This includes committing to and implementing solutions that will result in fewer polluting emissions. We are keen to work on both a local and cross-borough level in London on freight solutions that will result in better air quality.”