New project seeks to cut pollution and your business costs

Innovative thinkers from businesses in Fulham and Shepherds Bush are being encouraged to share their views at an event.

Want to know how to reduce the environmental impact of your business?

Maybe you have ideas for how to reduce the number of deliveries to and from your organisation?

Innovative thinkers from businesses in Fulham and Shepherds Bush are being encouraged to share their views at an event as part of the Clean Air Villages project.

Come along!

When: Thursday 2 August at 4.30pm
Where: Petit Miracles, 1st floor, W12 Shopping Centre, W12 8PP

The project, funded by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, gives support and advice to local businesses to help them reduce unnecessary deliveries.

Traders will be invited to share their ideas too, with proposals including switching to electric vehicles, or sharing deliveries with neighbouring businesses.

As well as reducing your business’ environmental impact, pooling resources with other local companies could also help reduce your costs.

Helping H&F become greener

“Supporting local businesses in reducing their pollution levels helps in our own aspiration to become the greenest borough in Britain,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment.

“Reducing the number of deliveries in and out of the borough is an obvious measure that will have a profound effect in reducing the levels of dangerous air pollution on our streets.

“This event is a great chance for local businesses to share their own ideas as well as hearing what steps they can do to help improve air quality in H&F.”

What can businesses do?

Some companies could explore sharing deliveries with a neighbouring businesses to reduce journey numbers. Bulk-ordering stock is another option.

Some businesses might be able to compact their own rubbish on site, which would reduce journeys to pick up waste.

Research by the Cross River Partnership found that a high proportion of deliveries to businesses tended to be personal items for staff members. Reducing the number of these would also mean a large reduction in delivery journeys.

In London, approximately 50 per cent of air pollution stems from road transport and one third of that is from freight vehicles, such as vans and trucks.

The project

The one-year project is being delivered by the Cross River Partnership in Shepherds Bush and Fulham town centre, on behalf of H&F Council. The scheme has been awarded funding from Defra’s Air Quality Grants Scheme, which the council is match-funding.

As well as looking at how the businesses can reduce deliveries, they will also be given advice on other measures to reduce pollution. Using electric vehicles, collecting items on foot and sharing internal deliveries, are just some of the steps businesses in priority ‘hot spots’ could explore.

The scheme will begin by providing seminars and one-to-one support for businesses to identify local solutions for the areas that would help reduce the number of delivery vehicle trips to the area.

Clean Air Villages wants to work with your business, school, and other organisations to reduce emissions from deliveries of goods and services.

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