The Kerb Dock Project: A Testament to Sustainable Freight Innovation

Mar 8, 2024 | Blog

In partnership with Grid Smarter Cities, Impact on Urban Health, Southwark Council, Steer, and MP Smarter Travel, EMSOL played a critical role in the Kerb Dock project, which aimed to demonstrate the viability of river freight cross-docking operations in the heart of London. By installing continuous, hyperlocal air quality sensors and leveraging advanced analytics, EMSOL provided real-time, actionable insights into the environmental impact of the project.

The results were groundbreaking. As noted in the project evaluation report, “The project demonstrated that river freight operations, when properly managed with dedicated infrastructure like the Kerb Dock cross-docking bays, did not cause relative increases in local air pollution.” In fact, the report found that “92% of recorded [pollution] spikes were not associated with any vehicle captured within the footage.”


Empowering Local Authorities and Operators with Actionable Insights

One of the key strengths of EMSOL’s technology is its ability to attribute pollution events to specific freight activities, even in high footfall areas. This granular level of monitoring and analysis empowers local authorities and logistics operators to make informed decisions and implement targeted mitigation strategies.

As highlighted in the evaluation report, “EMSOL’s monitoring system provides the tools for local authorities to track pollution events, identify causes, and work with logistics operators to mitigate issues in the long-term.” By fostering data-driven collaboration between stakeholders, EMSOL’s platform enables proactive management of urban freight operations to minimize environmental impact.


Unlocking Confident Transition to Cleaner Freight Practices

The Kerb Dock project demonstrates the immense value of EMSOL’s technology in providing the evidence base for cities and businesses to confidently transition to cleaner freight practices. Armed with high-resolution data and sophisticated analytics, decision-makers can develop effective sustainable freight policies and initiatives that drive real, measurable change.

A testimonial from a local authority partner in the project underscores this point: “EMSOL’s monitoring system provided the tools to track pollution events, identify causes, and work with operators to mitigate issues in the long-term. This was invaluable for us as a local authority.”


The Future of Sustainable Urban Logistics

The success of the Kerb Dock project is just the beginning. As cities continue to grapple with the challenges of urban freight, EMSOL’s advanced air quality monitoring technology will play an increasingly critical role in enabling the transition to cleaner, greener logistics operations.

By empowering stakeholders with actionable insights and fostering data-driven collaboration, EMSOL is helping to unlock the full potential of sustainable urban freight solutions. As the green logistics revolution gathers pace, EMSOL is poised to be at the forefront, driving innovation and impact in cities around the world.

To learn more about how EMSOL’s technology can support your sustainable freight ambitions, download the full Kerb Dock project evaluation report and contact our team today.

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