West London Business (WLB) has joined the WBCSD, Michelin and 57 other organisations in signing the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance’s communication to potential suppliers that there is now a substantial demand for zero emission freight vehicles.
Andrew Dakers, CEO, West London Business, said: “The call to action sends a clear signal from those representing the demand side that zero emission freight vehicles are urgently needed and that businesses are ready to make the switch. This demands more investment R&D and commercialisation of emerging solutions as rapidly as possible.”
The communication reads:
“We, the undersigned companies, countries and cities are committed to reducing emissions from the freight sector. By stimulating the accelerated production and use of zero emission freight vehicles through collective action, we can improve air quality and contribute to meeting the Paris Climate Agreement targets. A zero emission vehicle doesn’t produce any tailpipe emissions and is, for example, a battery-electric or an hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
“Via this call to action we want to communicate the substantial demand for zero emission freight vehicles to suppliers. Together we can accelerate the transition towards zero emission logistics.
“Countries, cities and companies, all over the world are working hard to define their implementation plans for adequate e-charging infrastructure, high-power charging equipment on the electricity grid, hydrogen stations and effective and coordinated approaches to Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVAR).
“We recognize this transition is phased and starts in urban regions. It has started with transit buses and the next phase is urban delivery and service vehicles. A later stage would be heavy goods movement vehicles, operation within our cities and then connecting our cities. We recognize and appreciate the progress over the past few years in the availability of zero emission freight vehicles. However, the market is still characterized by limited availability and high prices. On the other hand, vehicle suppliers, even if willing to scale up the production, are not yet convinced of sufficient demand.
“With this call we, countries, cities and companies, aim to make the demand for zero emission freight vehicles in operation more sizable and visible by:
• Indicating the number of commercial vehicles in our organisation’s fleet that we could replace with zero emission alternatives. Provided that these are cost-effective and meet the requirements of end users.
• Identifying like-minded organisations in our area, including our contractors and goods and services providers, potentially leading to joint procurement opportunities or other solutions for zero emission transport.”