DPD opens sustainable delivery hub in Basel

The City of Basel in Switzerland has become the latest in parcel delivery giant DPD’s network to have a Green CityHub, from where zero emissions delivery vehicles will take parcels the final mile to customers.

The site has been developed in partnership with the Smart City Lab Basel. E-commerce contributes to traffic congestion problems and pollution as volumes of parcels increase. This poses a problem for city planners and delivery companies alike.

The new DPD Green CityHub is the third such in Switzerland, following sites in Schaffhausen and Geneva. This is part of the delivery giant’s goal of offering zero emissions deliveries in 10 cities in the country by 2025.

A spokesperson of the Basel city administration said: “The location at Wolf is ideal for green delivery in the city of Basel. The location is centrally important for the future.”

The Basel Smart City Lab works on innovations in buildings, mobility, city logistics and others for a “liveable, sustainable and competitive Switzerland of tomorrow.” Working with stakeholders it offers space to network, develop approaches, test ideas and experience smart solutions.

As part of its contribution, DPD is to use EV delivery vans and parcel lockers in the city centre that are operated by SchlaueBox. The company calculates that the e-vans will reduce carbon emissions by around 70% and 11,000km of travel every month.

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