The Big Sustainability Expo Road Map towards Net-Zero Carbon

Our role at The Southern Sustainability Partnership is to inspire, cajole, educate, facilitate and match make a road map towards the net-zero carbon of our organisations. Our work, at it’s core, is all about effective corporate sustainability and we have master-minded this document using all the expertise at our disposal to ensure a vital tool for you as a professional and for your organisation.

We know you will find it highly informative and, most of all, that you will find yourself inspired, cajoled and educated towards a better future for you, your company, your community and our planet.

Here we introduce you to the finest organisations and minds who will share information on the many different topics you require for a successful net zero journey.

The Southern Sustainability Partnership Limited
Organisers of The Big Sustainability Expo (Southampton)


The Big Sustainability Expo Road Map towards Net-Zero Carbon

Sustainable Distribution Centre – SDC Southampton

What is the SDC?
The Sustainable Distribution Centre is an innovative logistics solution which consolidates deliveries for businesses and organisations across Southampton, whilst reducing congestion and pollution in the city.

The scheme, which we have operated since 2012 in conjunction with Southampton City Council, allows companies and public sector organisations in the area to consolidate their deliveries into the Sustainable Distribution Centre (SDC) warehouse, owned and operated by Meachers Global Logistics, and lower the number of deliveries made back into their business.
It helps reduce heavy vehicle traffic movements in Southampton’s congested city centre and lower pollution levels in the city for residents and visitors.

How does the SDC work?
Operating from a 20,000 square foot site based on the Nursling Industrial Estate in Southampton, the Sustainable Distribution Centre allows deliveries to be made into the warehouse, avoiding the city centre and reducing congestion. Deliveries are then consolidated and delivered to city centre customers in fewer deliveries and at off-peak times of the day.

The consolidation of deliveries involves receipting, storing or grouping goods with other loads destined for the same location, then delivering consignments together to reduce the number of delivery vehicles travelling into those areas.
Meachers’ credentials in successfully delivering consolidation services for both the public and private sectors are proven by its provision of similar services for Carnival UK and the Solent Alliance.

How consolidation of your deliveries through the Sustainable Distribution Centre can benefit your organisation
An ideal solution for large retailers, office buildings, restaurants or any company receiving regular deliveries in the city; the Sustainable Distribution Centre offers great efficiency savings to businesses with significant supply chains and a requirement for low volume frequent delivery items.

The Sustainable Distribution Centre is also hugely beneficial to the public sector; hospitals, health services, other public sector bodies and universities can all make efficiency savings through delivery consolidation.
Existing public sector users of the service include: University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, New Forest District Council, Southampton General Hospital and Southampton City Council.

Consolidation of your deliveries by using the Sustainable Distribution Centre means:

-Fewer deliveries into your business
-Scheduled and convenient delivery times
-Fewer delays through convenient times of travel
-Opportunity for night-time delivery
-Storage solutions enabling bulk ordering
-Opportunity for savings through joint procurement
-Increased control of products on-site
-Less administration and resources
-Less congestion and safer roads
-Economic efficiencies
-Collection of returns and transfers and waste management
-Improving your organisation’s green credentials
-Contributing to a greener, safer city

How does the SDC contribute to the Green City Charter?
As a port city and logistics hub, Southampton has increasing levels of congestion and heavy goods vehicles in the city. The reduction of vehicle movements through consolidation will help reduce air pollution and congestion on our roads at peak times.

The Sustainable Distribution Centre is designed to directly address these issues for the benefit of businesses and residents, ensuring that we are all minimising our impact on the local environment whilst continuing to support the city’s economic growth and prosperity.

The initiative contributes to the Green City Charter for Southampton: to create a cleaner, green, healthier and more sustainable city, and to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Users of the Sustainable Distribution Centre are contributing to a lower-carbon economy for Southampton. Reducing the number of heavy goods vehicles going into the city centre, lowering CO2 emissions, congestion and noise pollution and improving safety on our roads.

The Sustainable Distribution Centre is forecast to reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles travelling into Southampton City Centre by up to 75%, (potentially 6,900 vehicle movements per annum – excludes heavy goods vehicles travelling to the docks).

By using the Sustainable Distribution Centre your organisation can help to reduce Southampton’s Carbon footprint by up to 75% and decrease the output of other harmful gases caused by heavy goods vehicles.

Gary Whittle
Commercial Director
02380 739999