Unlocking the Benefits of Urban Green and Blue Space

22nd November 2022 / Posted by Rachael Aldridge

More than 55% of the world’s population live in urban areas, and in many countries the figure is much higher. For example in the UK, 83% of people live in urban areas. In June 2022, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) led three international workshops to scope a new Belmont Forum collaborative research action on ‘unlocking the benefits of urban green and blue spaces’. The NERC is now using the workshop outputs to draft a call document for a Collaborative Research Action (CRA) which will be presented to the Belmont Forum in late October. If the call text and CRA are approved we would anticipate funding calls to be launched in 2023 … watch this space!

Transport Emissions Calculator

22nd November 2022 / Posted by Sefinat Otaru

CRP recently launched the Transport Emissions Calculator (TEC), a tool to help London drivers and fleet operators in London estimate the impact of their trips  on air quality. It was developed as part of the Defra-funded Clean Air Villages 4 programme

The Calculator uses Defra’s emissions factor toolkit to help users assess how much carbon dioxide, nitrous oxides and particulate matter is produced by their road journeys. It also estimates how rail and river journeys affect local air quality.

Ideally, the tool will inform users looking to inform their decision to

  • Consolidate their trips so that they make fewer journeys
  • Switch their trips from peak travel time to off-peak hours); or even
  • Change to a zero- or low-emission mode of transport such as an electric vehicle or a cargo bike

The TEC also allows users to vehicle counts from traffic data in a specific London borough to estimate emissions generated by local traffic. This could be useful to measuring how effective traffic reduction interventions (for example, school streets) are by comparing before and after results.

Try the calculator or contact CRP Project Manager Sefinat Otaru (sefinatotaru@crossriverpartnership.org) if you would like to carry out a more detailed analysis!

Plans for a New Sustainability Hub in Chelsea Harbour

22nd November 2022 / Posted by Isidora Rivera Vollmer

Over the past few months, CRP has been working with London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and Chelsea Harbour Estates to create a new sustainability hub near Chelsea Harbour Pier.

Landowner Chelsea Harbour Estates have agreed to repurpose two underused car parking spaces for this project. The sustainability hub will include a Delivering London parcel locker (with a Legible London map) and two cargo bike parking bays with Sheffield stands.

The sustainability hub on the Chelsea Harbour Estate has the potential to support future river freight operations from Chelsea Harbour Pier, whilst also supporting the estate and their residents with deliveries.

CRP has already organised site visits with the parcel locker and Sheffield stand providers, as well as received quotes from floor marking providers.

For any questions about this project, please email CRP Senior Project Officer Isidora Rivera Vollmer (isidorariveravollmer@crossriverpartnership.org).

CRP’s Data Analysis Services

22nd November 2022 / Posted by Rachael Aldridge

CRP is building on the success of its cross-project monitoring programme by offering bespoke, value-for-money data analysis services to unlock the potential of your traffic data.

By providing in-depth analysis that is tailored to your needs, CRP can help to provide the proof of concept for local initiatives whilst enabling evidence-based decision making for both you and your stakeholders.

Interested in finding out more about CRP’s data analysis services and how this could benefit your organisation? Please get in touch with CRP Programme Manager Fiona Coull (fionacoull@crossriverpartnership.org).

Turning Black Friday Green in Brixton

22nd November 2022 / Posted by Ross Phillips

Product deliveries this Black Friday is expected to generate 429,000 metric tonnes of emissions this year – the same as 435 return flights from London to New York! (Source: Waste Managed).

CRP’s storage and cargo bike scheme is supporting Brixton’s businesses to reduce the number of deliveries participating businesses get into central London by enabling them to bulk-buy, and increasing cargo bike deliveries from our storage location to our clean air champion businesses in Brixton.

Some of these brilliant Brixton businesses include:

You can still sign up if you are a business in Brixton by contacting CRP Senior Project Officer Isidora Rivera Vollmer isidorariveravollmer@crossriverpartnership.org/07929 868 879.

CRP’s Connect 4 Series: Session 11

22nd November 2022 / Posted by Rachael Aldridge

You are invited to join Cross River Partnership for Session 11 of CRP’s Connect 4 Series – The Innovative Built Environment

This online event is taking place on Thursday 24th November, 4pm – 4:45pm. The speakers for this event are:

  1. Peter Murray, Co-Founder, New London Architecture
  2. Adam Tyndall, Transport Programme Director, BusinessLDN
  3. Fiona Coull, Programme Manager, Cross River Partnership
  4. Rachael Aldridge, Communications Project Manager, Cross River Partnership

Change is coming on London’s roads. People and goods are making different journeys and technological developments are bringing new and innovative ways of travel to our city. Join for a discussion with New London Architecture and BusinessLDN around how the built environment and way we travel is changing!

CRP will be launching a new case study into river freight, which details a trial completed as part of the Clean Air Logistics for London programme in summer 2022. This case study includes key statistics and emissions savings from the pilot, such as how to set up your own, plus operations, costs and learnings. Initial figures show that there was a 78% saving in NOx and an 88% saving in CO2 transporting the goods via river rather than via road.

Look forward to seeing you there!

November Update: Clean Air Logistics for London

21st November 2022 / Posted by Fiona Coull

CRP and partners have been working hard to deliver the Defra-funded Clean Air Logistics for London (CALL) project.  

Here’s some of the things we’ve achieved over the last few months!  

For more information, please contact CRP Programme Manager Fiona Coull (fionacoull@crossriverpartnership.org). 

CRP’s Reflections on COP27

18th November 2022 / Posted by Susannah Wilks

“We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator.” 

This is the sobering opening statement from Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary General at the opening of COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh. 

Nobody can doubt the seriousness of the situation. Everybody can play their part in trying to fix it. 

CRP continues to blaze a trail as a Climate Champion, launching its most recent behaviour change tool this week – Sustainable Steps.  This is a business-facing tool to encourage better practices that make environmental as well as economic sense. 

At a more local level, CRP is removing polluting traffic from the streets of Brixton via a Micro Consolidation Hub supported by Impact on Urban Health and Brixton BIDLook out for PedalMe cargo bikes making clean deliveries to Brixton businesses! 

CRP has also this week supported collaborative trans-national funding applications that are all about Driving Urban Transitions – watch this space! 

Our congratulations go to Federated Hermes Limited and Finance Earth on their appointment as managers for the Big Nature Impact Fund. As per the announcement from COP27 on 17th November, this is ”a new public-private fund for nature in the UK which will unlock significant private investment into nature projects.” 

If you have any ideas for collaborating to improve the environmental sustainability of our planet, please get in touch! CRP Director Susannah Wilks, susannahwilks@crossriverpartnership.org 



Living Wage Week

18th November 2022 / Posted by Carol Quamina

Living Wage Week was celebrated 14th – 20th November. With prices rising at an alarming rate, the real Living Wage has never been more important in helping staff during the cost-of-living crisis.   

Paying the living wage and providing security in work by providing guaranteed hours can have a major impact on the lives of employees, along with paying them the living wage for the work they do. 

Over 11,500 businesses have already pledged to pay the living wage, why not join them by becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer. 

Speed limits in Bath to improve air quality and safety

17th November 2022 / Posted by Rachael Aldridge

Speed limits of 20mph are being introduced along more roads in Bath to improve air quality. This is hoped to improve walking and cycling in the area. This is the first time 20mph speed limits have been used on busier roads outside of the city centre that predominantly carry through traffic.

New speed limits will be introduced on 14 new roads in the city. The changes follow a consultation last year, in line with the Government’s Gear Change plan.

Councillor Manda Rigby, cabinet member for Transport said: “Keeping our highways as safe as possible for everyone is a priority for us and reducing vehicle speeds on these roads will help with that.

“We want these new speed limits to encourage more walking, wheeling and cycling as part of our Journey to Net Zero ambitions. Many of us are familiar with 20mph limits, which have been introduced in built up areas in towns and cities across the country and bring benefits to residents living in those areas.”