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14 June 2021

Developing greener solutions to freight journeys

King’s Sustainability team and Better Bankside are working with tech companies to make our fleet of vehicles more sustainable


King’s Sustainability team and Better Bankside, in partnership with Nesta Challenges, have teamed up with tech companies to make our freight journeys across London smarter and greener, as part of the Mayor of London’s Resilience Fund.

The Smart Mobility Challenge aims to help organisations reduce the number of air-polluting journeys their vehicle fleets make whilst transporting goods in urban areas.

King’s and Business Improvement District (BID) Better Bankside were chosen as ‘resilience partners’ in the Smart Mobility category and received funding for four tech companies to take on the challenge.

Several tech companies applied to work with King’s and, four finalists were chosen.

They are each currently devising ideas to help King’s fleet of vehicles to operate more sustainably, from delivering on electric cargo bikes to using machine learning to manage deliveries in a smarter way.

The project is funded by the Mayor of London’s Resilience Fund which called on innovators to address the key challenges facing the city, in the hope that London and the UK will be able to ‘build back better’ and be better prepared for future disruptive challenges.

The winner of the Smart Mobility Challenge will be announced in July and will receive additional funding to further develop their solution.