SURFLOGH

Funding Boost for Edinburgh's Sustainable Logistics

04 February 2021 - Published by Deirdre Buist
Co-financed by Surflogh, the zero-emissions delivery company Zedify has received £50,000 (€56,630 ) funding to boost e-cargo bike deliveries in Edinburgh. The UK delivery hub network is also excited to announce the launch of a new hub location in early 2021.

Zedify deliveries are carried out using a zero emissions fleet. Packages coming into Edinburgh from national retailers or via logistics carriers, are transferred to e-cargo bikes and trikes and consolidated with local business deliveries going to the same areas, allowing each package to be delivered most efficiently.

Growth of green logistics

A familiar face to Surflogh followers, Charlie Mulholland of Zedify Edinburgh reacts: “We’re delighted to have received this boost to our operation in Edinburgh. It recognizes our ambition and will support our growth as a green logistics service while helping the city tackle congestion and air pollution.”

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Besides European Union Interreg North Sea support through Surflogh, this project is also co-financed by the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) and the Smarter Choices Smarter Places fund.

Exploiting opportunties

SEStran Chair Councillor Gordon Edgar elaborates: "We see an increasing appetite for sustainable goods deliveries, as well as evidence that consolidation is currently being undertaken successfully by operators like Zedify. “This willingness can be exploited by exploring opportunities to enhance and introduce infrastructure that will facilitate modal shift. We can also expand consolidation efforts by providing more facilities that enable multiple loads to be transported on the ‘last mile’ by a single vehicle or cycle logistics. Innovative initiatives like our partnership with Zedify have the potential to not only make a significant positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of those who live in the region but also to economic growth."

Blueprinting business models

Together with SEStran and Edinburgh Napier University, Surflogh continues to research and catalogue sustainable commercial business models for urban last mile logistics. Using the Zedify pilot case study from Edinburgh - along with pilots in Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium - the project consortium is developing blueprints which can be replicated in other European countries.

 

For further information:

Keith Fisken | Programmes Manager | SEStran | keith.fisken@sestran.gov.uk