WEF – couriers could add 30% to CO2 emissions by 2030

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has revealed that urban last-mile delivery emissions are set to increase by 30% by 2030 in the world’s biggest 100 cities.

The report, The Future of the Last-Mile Ecosystem suggests that e-commerce demand will result in a 36% increase in delivery vehicles in inner cities in the next ten years, adding to emissions and congestion unless there is effective intervention.

Unless there is intervention the WEF report suggests that emissions could reach 25 million tonnes of CO2E (CO2 Equivalent, a measure of greenhouse gases) by 2030. Traffic congestion is set to rise by more than 21%, which would be the equivalent of adding 11 minutes to each passenger’s daily commute.

To combat this the WEF report identified and prioritises 24 interventions that could combat these trends, including low emissions vehicles, dynamic re-routing and use of automated robots.

“Consumer demand for the convenience of online shopping and fast delivery is rising rapidly and companies are struggling to meet this demand with sustainable delivery options,” said Christoph Wolff, head of mobility industries and system initiative, World Economic Forum.

“Rising congestion and emissions from e-commerce delivery are already putting stress on city traffic patterns and this pressure will only rise from growing demand unless effective intervention is quickly taken by both cities and companies.”

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