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The future of logistics: what happened at Freight in the City 2018

The future of logistics: what happened at Freight in the City 2018

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Climate issues are among the major challenges in our times. As we know, this problem does not affect only sectors such as the agriculture one or the environment one, but also the logistic sector. That is why transport companies always look for new and better ways to reduce the proportion of the emissions and improve air quality.

Photo by Miriam Cocuzza

We often write about CO2 emissions and but this time we wanted to do a little more. That is why we attended the Freight in the City expo in London last week. The day was divided between vehicle exhibitions and seminars.

In three different seminar sessions, industry leaders debated hot topics such as alternative fuel trends, electric vehicles and sustainable and cost effective in-city deliveries; the exhibition hall was full of trucks and new products from transport companies such as Volvo, Scania, IVECO and many more.

We got the chance to explore all the new trucks and equipments that not only will enhance your operations in the city you are working but also will have different alternative fuels to reduce the pollution impact on our everyday deliveries.

A top priority as highlighted during the seminars and one-to-one chats with the company managing directors, is that transport companies are not ready for a zero-emission policies or fully electric vehicles for long haul.

“Electric vehicles will play a huge role in the future, but right now? The cost of these technologies is too high and people prefer to spend the amount of one electric truck on five or six diesel trucks”, said Nigel Holmes, leasing manager of the Dawsongroup.

Photo by Miriam Cocuzza

Iveco focuses more on innovative gas technologies instead. The famous transport company recently achieved a record, with their Stralis NP completing a 1.728km journey from Basildon – just outside London – to Madrid without having to refuel. The lorry, showcased at the exhibition, is gas fueled and saved more than 40% of emissions compared to a diesel one.

During all our conversations at the expo something was clear, and as Ian Clough, managing director of Network Logistics and Transport of DHL supply chain, said: “One company  alone cannot do it. We need help!”.

It is true… big goals like these require not one company, not two, but as many as possible to achieve the kinds of changes needed for a better air quality and eco technologies, as well as government support.


What is your company doing to reduce its carbon footprint? Let us know, we’re keen to listen and showcase companies that are leading the way.

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