Bristol City Councils zero emission freight consolidation grant application period restarts

Freight consolidation diagram. Origin: Suppliers, Direct; Parcel Carriers; Regional distribution centres. Consolidation Centre, consolidation and storage facility. Destination, end users, micro consolidation point or mobility station; City Centre. Reverse logistics eg. recycling.

The grant application period was paused in early March due to the impact of Covid on the freight industry. Following discussions with internal and external stakeholders the grant application period has now reopened.

About the zero emission freight consolidation grant

In February 2020, the application process began for a £100k grant from Go Ultra Low West, a £7m transport project that provides the infrastructure for large scale conversion to electric and ultra-low emission vehicles in the West of England.

This grant will be spent over a 12-month period and used to set up and run a zero emission freight consolidation centre, or support an existing initiative with the same goal. A zero emission vehicle is one that produces no greenhouse gases or air pollutant tailpipe emissions, such as electric cars, electric lorries, electric vans, electric scooters, electrically assisted trailers, electrically assisted pedal cycles, and bicycles.

This project will:

  • raise the profile of electric vehicles in Bristol
  • provide a best practice example of freight consolidation
  • adopt an innovative approach to zero emission freight consolidation.

The outcome of the grant should be a reduction in the number of heavy-goods vehicles entering the city by consolidating deliveries using a more sustainable approach, such as EV vans or electric cycles – this will help to improve air quality in Bristol.

The grant application period was paused in early March due to the impact of Covid on the freight industry. Following discussions with internal and external stakeholders the grant application period has now reopened.

How to apply

The application period is now reopen with a final deadline for applications of 19/08/2020 12:00hrs (noon).

You can apply here.

For more information about freight consolidation, please contact the councils Transport Team on [email protected]