Yodel drastically cuts carbon emissions

Despite growing its business significantly over the last five years, independent carrier Yodel has managed to cut its overall emissions by 25%. This comes from a £17 million investment in its fleet and technology to support carbon emissions reduction.

One of these policies has been that all of the vehicles that the company owns must be three years old or younger, and this means every vehicle in the fleet is Low Emissions Zone (LEZ), Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), and Euro 6 compliant, meeting all Clean Air Zones (CAZ) requirements.
For its tractor and trailer units, Yodel has invested in Microlise technology that monitors factors such as speed, location and traffic levels to alter routes according to live road conditions.

The Microlise system also advises drivers as to how to drive more efficiently through its Android-based DriveTab devices. This has saved 7% in carbon emissions and reduced overall mileage by 4 million kilometres in the last 12 months.

Yodel’s inflight parcel diversion service, that can be used by customers right up to the minute of delivery, reduces missed deliveries significantly. In addition the carrier is expanding its urban bicycle delivery offering across London and Oxford. It reached its goal of delivering 150,000 parcels by bike in 2020 and now aims to deliver 300,000 in the next 12 months.

Mike Hancox, Chief Executive Officer at Yodel commented: “Throughout the challenges of this past year we remained committed to positively contributing not only to our people and communities, but also to our environment. As a key operator in the logistics sector, we take our environmental responsibility very seriously. The proactive approach to becoming more eco-friendly is key in all our decision making and it is great to see that our long-term investment has tangibly reduced our impact on the environment. We continue to innovate and trial new ways of reducing our carbon footprint, and we’re looking forward to improving our practices further, offering greener services, and contributing to Britain’s 2050 net zero emissions target.”