An initiative by consumer delivery specialist Hermes to significantly slash emissions from its courier vehicles in central London has been welcomed by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Using a 44-strong fleet of 100% electric, zero emission vehicles, Hermes expects to save 146 tonnes of carbon a year, as well as reducing congestion in the capital.
Working in partnership with Gnewt Cargo, London’s leading electric-vehicle-only parcel delivery operator, Hermes aims to make carbon emission and NOx savings of 100% for ‘last mile delivery’ within the city. Hermes says this represents the biggest commitment yet by a UK carrier to cut emissions in the city.
Hermes deliveries are now being carried out by state-of-the-art, 100% electric, Renault Kangoo Z.E. vehicles, using sustainably-sourced electricity which does not contribute to the pollution caused by traditional power stations. The vehicles, which are smaller than their predecessors, will also reduce the parking space they take up by 40%.
The initiative complements the Mayor’s proposal to introduce an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London from 2020. Since coming to office, the Mayor has made reducing the environmental impact of vehicle pollution in London a top priority, and supports the use of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs).
He has retired 6,000 of the oldest, most polluting taxis and is introducing a policy whereby all new London taxis will have to be zero emission capable from 2018. He has created the largest hybrid bus fleet in Europe with over 900 now in service, rising to 1,700 by 2016. Most recently, the Mayor has renewed calls for scrapping high polluting diesel vehicles and giving drivers a cash incentive to switch to cleaner cars.
Boris Johnson said: “Hermes is setting a fantastic example for London’s logistics companies, all of whom have their part to play in helping to improve London’s air quality. It is an urgent challenge, which affects the health and wellbeing of all Londoners.
"Under the world’s most ambitious and comprehensive set of measures, we have already taken thousands of the most polluting buses and taxis off the streets, and are planning the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London from 2020. By doing their bit, Hermes too is helping to create cleaner, greener, more breathable air for every Londoner.”
Martijn de Lange, operations director, Hermes, said: “Under the new initiative, Hermes will dramatically reduce the number of miles travelled to fulfil deliveries in central London, from almost 330,000 miles to 65,000 miles a year. We welcome the opportunity to support the Mayor’s widespread backing of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles and his introduction an Ultra Low Emission Zone.
"We understand that ULEVs form a key part of improving air quality within the city and Hermes is pleased to be able to contribute to the long-standing objective of creating a greener London.”