- 5 October 2020
- Transport / Logistics Services
As part of the international drive to reduce emissions by DPDgroup, DPD UK has announced plans to deliver to 25 of the largest 25 UK towns and cities exclusively with low and zero-emissions vehicles by 2025.
DPDgroup has recently announced plans to use such vehicles exclusively in 225 urban centres in 20 countries. Part of the model is to use micro and urban depots and other alternative delivery solutions. This will mean that around 17% of the parcels the company handles (260 million parcels) will be delivered using zero or low-emissions vehicles, decreasing its CO2E emissions by 89% compared to 2020 in those towns and cities.
The investment of around €200 million will involve buying in 7,000 new alternative fuel vehicles, installing 3,600 charging points and setting up 80 new urban depots in Europe.
In the UK, the towns and cities included in the initiative will be; Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kingston-upon-Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton and Stoke-on-Trent.
Dwain McDonald, DPD’s CEO commented: “This is a hugely significant announcement from DPDgroup and we are very proud to be playing such a key role here. We’ve led the way on EVs in the UK parcel market, first with our all-electric micro depots in London and then with the scale of our nationwide investment. We already have over 700 EVs in the UK and they are in every depot. This is the next stage of our plan, to deliver totally green in 25 of the largest towns and cities in the country, drastically reducing our emissions in the places with the highest populations.
“We are very conscious of our responsibility to the planet and its people, and we aim to be the most sustainable delivery company in the UK and Europe. We were among the first to put our hands up and acknowledge our part in climate change issues and since then we have put our hand in our pocket and started investing in the solution!
“We know from what we have done in central London that this model works, and we know that shippers and shoppers both love seeing parcels delivered green. So, we have made significant progress already. It is great now to be able to share our longer-term vision and we look forward to turning these 25 towns and cities green.”