Demonstrating the viability of electric vehicles in the food distribution network.
Climate change poses an immediate and pressing threat to society. Although our work helps reduce carbon emissions by diverting food waste away from landfill, we wish to do a lot more to address our environmental impacts as an organisation.
We’re thrilled to have received funding from WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) to pilot two new electric vehicles to expand our fleet in a more sustainable way. We have purchased an electric van (LDV EV80) and an electric cargo bike (EAV 23) which will be used to increase the amount of food we are collecting and distributing within Brighton & Hove.
Use of green technology will reduce transport costs and our carbon footprint.
The use of a branded electric-powered cargo bike around the congested streets and narrow lanes of Brighton has significant potential to grow our network of diverse food suppliers, whilst increasing awareness and understanding of FareShare locally. Through this innovative project, we will be able to test the feasibility of electric vehicles for food redistribution across FareShare’s national network.
The use of a cargo bike is brand new to FareShare Sussex, but we see so much potential. The bike offers more flexibility to collect smaller volumes of food from local, smaller Brighton suppliers more regularly, responding at very short notice and therefore providing good customer service. The surplus food could be redistributed immediately to charity members, without the need for warehousing, freeing up storage capacity for larger volumes of food to be sorted for redistribution.
If you are interested in volunteering with this project, or know of a local charity in need of food or perhaps you are a supplier with end-of-day surplus? Get in touch with Nathan Catt, the Project Coordinator and we will see how we can support.