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Before-After Assessment of a Logistics Trial with Clean Urban Freight Vehicles: A Case Study in London Original

Journal article
Authors J Leonardi
Michael Browne
J Allen
Published in Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 39
Pages 146-157
ISSN 1877-0428
Publication year 2012
Published at
Pages 146-157
Language en
Keywords Clean vehicles, urban freight, urban consolidation centre, impact assessment, before-after survey
Subject categories Business Administration


The paper addresses the potential role that can be played by clean vehicles especially cycles in conjunction with urban consolidation centres (UCCs) in reducing freight traffic and its environmental impacts in towns and cities. A trial is presented in which a major stationery and office supplies company making deliveries to customers in central London replaced their diesel vans with electrically-assisted tricycles and electric vans operating from a urban microconsolidation centre located in the delivery area. The results show that the total distance travelled and the CO2e emissions per parcel delivered fell by 14% and 55% respectively as a result of this delivery system. The trial proved successful from the company’s perspective in transport, environmental and financial terms and it has therefore decided to officially launch and continue the operation.

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