Co-op to replace delivery fleet with electric

Convenience and grocery chain Co-op has unveiled plans to replace its fossil-fuel powered fleet of delivery vehicle plans with electric by 2025.

The first stores set to receive electric delivery vans will be Hebden Bridge, Hove and Holmfirth, with three other stores set to follow early next year.

The plans come as part of Co-op’s commitment to sustainability. It has was the first UK retail chain to sign up to the UN ‘Our Only Future’ campaign, and sources renewable good electricity for its food stores, offices and funeral homes. Between 2006 and 2019 it had halved its greenhouse gas emissions and has committed to a further reduction of 50% by 2025.

Chris Conway, Head of eCommerce, Co-op, said: “Our focus is to continue to innovate and look for new and better ways to do business in our communities and to expand access to our products and services. In addition to offering quality and value quickly, easily and conveniently, we need to do this sustainably, and by replacing all our own vehicles and working collaboratively with partners with shared values we can ensure we further reduce greenhouse gas emissions which is essential if we are to have a healthy and sustainable natural environment to pass on to future generations.”