UPS on another green energy trial in London

As part of yet another green energy trial UPS has announced it is testing power-assisted delivery trailers for bicycles in London. The project name is the ‘Low Impact City Logistics Project’.

The trial is working out of the UPS Kentish Town depot. Bikes with trailers will make deliveries in and around Camden this month and into next month. This will be a hub and spoke deign with packages being delivered by van to a central hub location and the bikes with their power-assisted trailers will take the packages on for delivery.

The project in question is being assessed by five organisations: UPS, Fernhay, Skotkonung, University of Huddersfield, and Outspoken Delivery.

“Low Impact City Logistics is a collaborative project that could revolutionize the way we deliver packages in our cities,” said Peter Harris, director of sustainability, UPS Europe. “UPS has a long history of developing, deploying and promoting the use of more sustainable technology and delivery methods – and this collaboration will facilitate a one-of-a-kind urban delivery solution.”

Of all logistics firms, UPS is the least environmentally friendly and seems to be dithering (whether deliberately or otherwise) in rolling out alternative fuelled vehicles in its global fleets. Instead, it seems to be ‘studying its options’ rather too carefully while pumping out greenhouse gases just as heavily as ever. Other global companies such as DHL with its StreetScooter have spent less time studying and more time greening their fleet. A certain level of cynicism needs to be levelled at UPS’s studies and trials to that extent…
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