DPD publishes zero-emissions white paper

In a white paper, CEO of DPD Dwain McDonald has called on national and local government, energy providers and vehicle manufacturers to work together now to reduce emissions and congestion for the benefit of future generations.

The white paper, ‘Delivering a Zero-Emission Future’, has an eight point plan to rapidly accelerate the pace of change. These points include calling on vehicle makers to make more right-hand drive electric vehicles (EVs), as well as consistency across clean air, ULEV [Ultra Low Emission Vehicles], and zero emission zone standards.

The white paper also calls for regulations on the operation of e-cargo-bikes.

DPD has led the way among UK delivery companies in reducing its emissions. It will grow its fleet of 139 EVs to 500 by the end of next year. McDonald however has spotted a number of barriers holding back widespread EV adoption and investment.

McDonald commented: “DPD is determined to contribute to a greener future for the UK through the widespread deployment of electric vehicles. Our vision is to be the nation’s cleanest, quietest and safest emissions-free parcel delivery company. We call on manufacturers plus local and national government to partner with us to help make this vision a reality.

“The decarbonisation of transport fleets is challenging, both operationally and financially. DPD has already made large financial commitments to purchase commercial electric vehicles and change operating models to help reduce emissions and congestion for the benefit of the society we live in. But it isn’t happening fast enough, so we need to remove the barriers that are slowing the pace of change. We want to invest but we can’t get the vehicles we need fast enough, while warehousing and distribution space is being pushed out of our city centres and there is limited financial support for new and innovation green vehicles.

“We cannot do this alone. We need stakeholders from across a range of industries to work together in a holistic way to create an infrastructure that makes large scale EV deployment feasible.

“Change is difficult and demanding, but emerging new technologies give the current generation of leaders and decision-makers the tools to lead a large-scale cultural change – we cannot kick this problem any further down the road.”

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