Oxford becomes DPD UK’s first ‘green city’

Carrier DPD UK has said that as of the 27th July, all deliveries made into Oxford will be by zero-tailpipe-emissions vehicles. This will make Oxford the first of DPD UK’s ten ‘green cities’ this year.

This comes as part of DPD UK’s Vision 25 plan where 25 UK cities, with 25% of the UK population will receive deliveries from entirely zero emission fleets. The aim is to reduce the carrier’s CO2 emissions by 42,000 tonnes annually by the end of 2025.

In addition the new, 60,000 square foot Bicester depot, from where the vehicles will serve Oxford, is DPD’s first ‘net zero carbon in construction’ building as regulated by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC). From there, the carrier will deliver 15,000 parcels a week across the city.

DPD UK’s Head of CSR, Olly Craughan, commented, “This is a landmark day for us.  To be able to say we can now deliver to a city the size of Oxford, using only electric vehicles, is a huge leap forward not only us, but for the sector as a whole. And we are on track to repeat this in nine more cities this year.  We’ve been working with electric vehicles for the past three years and we have learned a lot in that time.  As well as investing in the vehicles themselves, we’ve created a whole new smart delivery system around them, including the charging infrastructure. 

“Bicester is the greenest and most sustainable facility in our UK network and it is right that we start the roll-out of our 25 green cities here, at a time when Oxford itself is taking a huge step with the Zero Emission Zone pilot due to be launched later this year. Our whole approach to sustainability is about joining up the dots beyond just buying electric vehicles.  And that means working with others on initiatives like city centre emissions schemes and measuring air quality.  With this approach, we will be helping reduce emissions one city centre at a time, starting with Oxford.” 

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