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Logistics, deliveries and servicing

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Rethinking your logistics - the planning and implementation of moving goods and supplying services - can help you reduce your environmental impact.

Any business will have deliveries and servicing to their premises, from window cleaning to office supplies; food and drink to maintenance. This costs your business money, as well as putting pressure on local road networks.

TfGM's guide to Delivery and Servicing Plans helps businesses and organisations to reduce unnecessary deliveries, especially at peak times.

If your business transports either your own or another organisation's freight, improving your systems may benefit your business and reduce your impact on the environment.

For example, if your business is making and receiving deliveries to and from a warehouse, it might make sense to have one central distribution centre. This could be cost-effective and has less environmental impact than a dispersed distribution system.

Moving freight by rail or water instead of by road can help reduce the environmental impact of logistics and be good for your business.

Fuel accounts for at least 30% of operating costs of most road freight transport operations, so you should start by improving fuel management.

The Energy Saving Trust can support you to improve driving standards through their Eco Driving scheme.

Further consideration could be given to the emerging use of Electric-assisted Cargo Bikes, particularly in urban areas. These vehicles are considered a cheaper option than most vans available on the market and can often support heavier loads than conventional bikes. Many providers offer trials to companies and you may be able to take advantage of the e-cargo bike grant fund.