Seattle Department of Transportation assesses low carbon delivery models

The city government of Seattle, Washington has launched a test hub for low carbon emissions delivery in the city. Led by the University of Washington Urban Freight Lab and the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Seattle Neighborhood Delivery Hub is looking at ways of tackling pollution in the city even as e-commerce deliveries grow in volume and number of vehicles.

The university and city are working with tech and delivery companies, AxleHire, Coaster Cycles, BrightDrop and REEF – to assess a range of potential solutions.

Seattle has committed to ensuring that 30% of all goods entering the city are delivered by zero emissions vehicles by 2030 and all will be carbon-neutral by 2050.

As well as the delivery test hub, parcel lockers, e-cargo-bikes, wheeled electric pallets, as well as routing software and even a neighbourhood hot food delivery kitchen are being trialled to assess how such things could tackle emissions.

Sam Zimbabwe, director at the Seattle Department of Transportation, said: “Over 60% of Seattle’s greenhouse gas emissions comes from transportation, so we must change how we move around in order to meet our commitment to become carbon neutral by 2050.

“Rethinking how we deliver goods is a critical part of this, so we are excited to partner with the University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab and the private sector to find innovative solutions to meet our aggressive targets towards a more sustainable future.”