Posted on Aug. 16, 2010. Listed in:
- Air Quality,
- Climate Change,
- Corporate Social Responsibility,
- Energy Saving,
- Finance & Money,
- Green energy,
- Industry & Business,
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With around 25 percent of Amsterdam having access to navigable waterways, transport company Mokum Mariteam is reacquainting the city with a simple canal-based delivery system that means less traffic congestion, air and noise pollution.
The canals have been used to transport merchandise though history, but this lessened with the arrival of modern roads and fleets of short haul trucking companies. But now with inner city road congestion causing air and noise pollution and reducing business productivity, Mokum Martieam in conjunction with BBN Bouwmaterialen, a major building supplies company, is returning to the canals for an efficient and more sustainable delivery system. Capable of carrying forty-eight pallets per trip, Mokum Mariteam began delivering building materials for modernisation projects in Amsterdam in November 2008 using its battery-powered barges. And the barges don’t return empty- handed either: They’re filled with waste materials from building sites.
Every canal trip means one less road trip, and that means less carbon emissions and noise pollution. BBN plans to make at least twenty percent of its inner city deliveries via Mokum Mariteam in the coming years. Mokum continues their own outreach program to encourage more groups to join the renaissance of canal use for cargo.
More at: www.mokummariteam.nl
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