Urban freight gets on the agenda at DAVOS

While the world news media focused on the escalating war of words between President Trump and Greta Thunberg in Davos this week, the issue of freight – intrinsically linked to the issues that Greta is raising and Donald is decrying – was also on the agenda at the World Economic Forum 2020.

The Transport Decarbonisation Alliance – a unique collaboration of countries, cities and companies in which Tevva plays an active part – has quietly been continuing its work to put forward the increasingly urgent case for action in the freight sector.

In particular, one important report entitled The Future of the Last-Mile Ecosystem was published. This report looked at the unparalleled growth in last-mile transport that has been driven by the tripling of e-commerce in the last five years.

The increasing demands of consumers to buy goods online, with more control and less intervention has led to an estimated 36% rise in the number of delivery vehicles in the top 100 cities globally until 2030. Emissions from delivery vehicles will go up by 32% and congestion by 21%.

Overall, the demand for last-mile delivery is expected to soar by a whopping 78% by 2030 and the problem is magnified for the freight sector, because the second-lane parking-induced emissions and congestion are higher for the freight segment when compared on a per-vehicle basis.

With no intervention, e-commerce and the correlated last-mile traffic will pose severe challenges to cities in the immediate future – within the next one to three years, according to the report.

What could those interventions include?

Deliveries during night-time and before / after working hours could be part of the answer, as could multi-brand parcel lockers and data-based connectivity solutions such as dynamic re-routing and load-pooling.

But EV regulations for inner-city areas are among the top priorities listed in the report. Our own research also suggests that the medium duty sector could also provide another key to an immediate improvement.

Our medium duty 7.5t-14t electric trucks are available right away to lease or buy, offer a no-noise solution to make inner cities more liveable, save money compared to equivalent diesel vehicles and presents a fully modular offering for OEMs looking to migrate to electrification.

But, most importantly in the context of the WEF 2020 report, they provide a zero emissions solution for urban delivery that can address more parts of the delivery supply chain than any other. Stay tuned, as we’ll be talking more about this in the coming weeks.

Surely Greta would approve…

Find out more about the work of the TDA here

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