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05 August 2021

Kale Collective wins competition to develop greener freight journeys for King's

Winning solution will track movements and mileage of King’s fleet to improve efficiency and reduce carbon footprint

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Earlier this year, King’s Sustainability team and Better Bankside participated in the Nesta Challenge competition as part of the Mayor of London’s wider Resilience Fund. As part of the Smart Mobility Project, tech companies were invited to come up with solutions to make King’s freight journeys more sustainable.

Several tech companies stepped up to the challenge to work with King’s, with four finalists making it to the second round.

Three of the four finalists conducted research to improve freight efficiency across the King’s estate and London, and each submitted a report outlining how they would plan the next stage of the challenge, extending their solution across the King’s estate and London.

Kale Collective were chosen as the winner for their solution, DynamicLink, which will provide an overview of the movements and mileage of the King’s fleet and its carbon footprint. The dashboard gives a detailed breakdown of the fleet’s inefficiencies which will be used to help devise shorter, smarter journeys and reduce emissions.

Kale Collective’s solution focuses on determining the optimal number of vehicles for King’s and electrification of our fleet, the best way to schedule and consolidate trips and assessing the potential for switching to using electric cargo bikes.

Kale Collective are a young and innovative company that demonstrated their ability to devise an altogether more holistically efficient, fleet management system that was easy to use. It was this innovative yet straightforward approach to solving the problem that gave them the edge over the competition.

Dr Nicola Hogan, Sustainability Manager (Operations)

Other finalists’ solutions included conducting surveys with King’s operatives and helpdesk staff, installing trackers in each of the Kings fleet of vehicles and improving data analytics by using apps.

Kale Collective will now embed their solution within King’s operations as part of Stage 3 of the Challenge.

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