John Lewis greens delivery fleet

Omnichannel retailer John Lewis Partnership has announced it is to make its transport fleet zero carbon by 2045. This will involve some 3,200 HGVs, LGVs and vans.

By 2050 the company has set a target of reducing operational greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 without having to buy Carbon Credits.

Over 40% of John Lewis Partnership’s CO2 emissions are in transport. The first effort is to be on its HGV emissions that are a significant majority of its transport emissions (at around two-thirds).

As a start the retailer is switching more than 500 HGVs used for store deliveries to biomethane. It already has sixty such vehicles. The plan is to move to pure electric as infrastructure and battery technology improves.

The firm is working with electric van innovators Arrival to trial four all electric home delivery vans.

Six Waitrose delivery trucks are also currently trialling zero-emissions refrigeration units as part of the low emissions freight and logistics trial.

Justin Laney, general manager of central transport, said: “Transport is a significant part of our overall carbon footprint so we need to take urgent action to decarbonise our fleet. It’s a huge challenge and viable technology and infrastructure still needs to be developed for heavy trucks, but we are committed to leading the way on the road to zero emissions.”

In addition, John Lewis Partnership is reviewing its company car scheme to encourage more electric cars into its fleet. It is also looking at charging infrastructure, some of which may be faster charging units in years to come.

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