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Sharing Cities launch clean air initiative in London

A zero emission delivery project will offer local residents and businesses a service for letters, parcels and goods weighing up to 200kg

Councillor Sizwe James and Sharing Cities' Nathan Pierce trying out the new cargo bikes
Councillor Sizwe James and Sharing Cities' Nathan Pierce trying out the new cargo bikes

The London wards of East Greenwich and Greenwich Peninsula in the UK are set to benefit from a new clean air initiative.


The five-year Sharing Cities programme uses technology and advances in data analytics to address challenges faced by major cities. Sharing Cities is a European Union Horizon 2020 funded research and innovation programme.


Sharing Cities will work in tandem with Royal Greenwich borough’s low emission neighbourhood (LEN) programme to implement new schemes to tackle local air quality.


“The people of Greenwich will undoubtedly benefit from the Sharing Cities scheme, in which some of the brightest and best brains in Europe are sharing their knowledge in an attempt to meet the challenges of issues such as air pollution and congestion,” said Nathan Pierce, Sharing Cities transnational programme director at the Greater London Authority.


More than 30 partner organisations in the fields of academia, business and government, from across Europe, also met up in Royal Greenwich as part of the European programme.


The theme of the consortium meeting was ‘Delivery and Innovation through Collaboration’ with the partners sharing their experiences of implementing innovative trials in the fields of building retrofit, smart energy management systems, electric mobility, smart lampposts, data platforms and citizen engagement.


At the same time, the borough announced a zero emission deliveries (ZED) project, the first council-supported cargo bike ZED scheme in London, which aims to reduce congestion and poor air quality in Greenwich caused by delivery vehicles.


The ZED project will offer local residents and businesses a professional delivery service which can transport everything from letters and parcels through to goods weighing up to 200kg.


Recharge Cargo, which has been selected to provide the service, has a track record of operating an entirely cycle based fleet of vehicles in Brighton.


Greenwich is also introducing an electric bike loan scheme. Residents can borrow an e-bike for a month to trial the technology and see how it can help them cycle more and further around London.


All participating residents will be fully supported throughout the month and the travel data collected will be evaluated by Imperial College London.


“Deliveries contribute significantly to congestion and pollution and the new zero emission delivery project should help provide a cleaner alternative for local businesses so they can minimise the impacts of their logistics movements, and help improve air quality locally,” added Sizwe James, councilor and cabinet member for transport, economy and smart cities.


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