Sustainability is big business in building, but what can be done to reduce environmental impacts of the freight transport sector to make it more sustainable? Currently, freight emissions and noise pollution are a big problem in and around the port areas. To make matters worse, greenfield areas are threatened as the demand for more warehouse and distribution space grows.
The Freight Village
A concept called the ‘freight village’ has been successfully trialed and adopted in locations in Europe and Asia. Within a central urban area, goods are consolidated and then transferred into “clean” vehicles for the last mile delivery. Last mile delivery is a term used in logistics for shipment of goods from a transportation hub to their final destination (the business or the home).
Examples of clean vehicles include hybrids, methane-powered vehicles and electric vehicles charged by a renewable energy source.
The main objectives are…
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