The road ahead: The latest from TfL LoCITY on cleaning London’s air

It wasn’t just the kids who went back to school this September, our MD, Rob Scott, attended a masterclass in cleaning up London’s air and working towards the 2030 targets.

At an event at TfL HQ, transportation operators from across London and the UK, were represented as the ways toward Net Zero were urgently discussed.

It was fitting that this took place during an unheard-of September heatwave and there were certainly some hot topics on the agenda – not least the Clean Freight Survey and ULEZ expansion.

There were group discussions on the challenges faced when converting to electric vehicles, such as the business infrastructure, multiple charge points for entire fleets, roadside charging for owner-drivers.

Dr David Telford, Chief Scientific Officer HVS, presented hydrogen alternatives for HGVs while Catherine Ittner, Senior Programme Manager for C40s Zero Emission Freight Programme presented the work done in other cities to accelerate the transition to Net Zero.

Speaking of other cities, LoCITY Chair, Carl Lomas, discussed a case study of Zermatt, Switzerland, which has achieved Net Zero and has universal electric vehicles being utilised for construction, passenger transport and deliveries.

Much of the day was focused on the practicalities of water and rail as alternative modes of transport. It was widely agreed that facilitating locations was key to success, with challenges such as timing, security and access discussed.

The ULEZ scrappage scheme and vehicle checker were promoted and it was confirmed that there is £100m left in the ‘scrappage pot’.

Dr Polyvios Polyviou presented on the Clean Freight Survey update, with E Cargo Bikes emerging as one of the many ways forward.

We currently operate London’s largest fleet of electric, hybrid and ultra-low emission vehicles. We were the first to invest in low emission technology and we haven’t stopped since but it is only together that we can make a difference. So, we are proud to be accredited ‘Albert’ sustainable suppliers to the TV and Film industry and to be helping all our corporate clients towards Net Zero whether that is in the bigger picture or the details, such as measuring every tonne of carbon savings we make for them. And that is why events like this are so important – for us, for our industry and for the planet.

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