Sustainable deliveries start on Newcastle University campus

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Sustainable deliveries start on Newcastle University campus

An innovative freight consolidation project has been launched to improve the delivery of goods whilst reducing emissions and improving safety on the Newcastle University campus.

The contract will be serviced from Clipper Logistics’ facility at Wynyard Park, Billingham, and will use an electric vehicle to deliver consolidated goods to the campus at its nine drop-off zones. Deliveries, which have until now been made direct to campus across 226 delivery points, will instead be diverted to Wynyard Park, which will reduce the need for vans and lorries to enter University grounds.

Staff will be able to track packages by using a bespoke online portal giving them real-time tracking information and view proof of delivery documentation.

Tom Zunder, Rail Freight & Logistics Research Group Manager at Newcastle University, said: “This project has many substantial benefits. We aim to reduce vehicle usage on campus by around 25%, which will lead to a cleaner, safer environment for all our staff and students.

“Additionally, through a consolidated and regular delivery by electric vehicle, we aim to significantly reduce carbon emissions by up to 90 tonnes per year. This project has been a collaborative effort and we look forward to reaping the commercial and environmental benefits, well into the future.”

Tony Mannix CEO of Clipper Logistics said: “Clipper are respected as one of the UK’s leaders in retail consolidation solutions. This contract brings those same benefits to the academic arena, by helping to create a cleaner and less congested space. We’re certain that students and staff of The University will soon see the rewards.”

The collaboration is co-funded by the EU, Clipper, Newcastle University and other partners, as part of the Smartfusion project (www.smartfusion.eu) funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme (FP7/ 2007-2013) under grant agreement No. 285195.

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