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DPD plans zero or low emission-only deliveries to 25 towns & cities by 2025

Sat 10 October 2020 | Back to news list

Leading parcel delivery company and LowCVP member DPD has announced plans to deliver to 25 of the UK's largest towns and cities with zero and low-emission vehicles by 2025.

The company says the move is part of a Europe-wide drive by the group involving 225 urban areas in 20 countries and is based on a delivery model trialled in many cities, including London.  DPD says it has re-thought the way it operates last mile delivery by implementing micro and urban depots as well as other appropriate alternative delivery solutions.

In total, the programme will mean that more than 260 million parcels or 17% of the Group’s volumes will be delivered by zero or low-emission vehicles by the end of 2025. The initiative will be particularly significant in terms of its potential for reducing polluting emissions in the involved cities.

In a Europe-wide initiative involving 225 cities, DPD says it will deploy 7,000 new alternative vehicles, 3,600 charging points and 80 new urban depots. Total investment is expected to be €200 million in total by 2025.

The UK towns and cities involved include: Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kingston-upon-Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton and Stoke-on-Trent.

New alternative fleets will be composed of various vehicles, depending on the town or city centre, delivery needs and regulation constraints. In the UK, DPD already has over 700 EVs including MAN eTGE, Nissan eNV-200 and 7.5t Fuso eCanters and has recently announced trials with LEVC and Volta Trucks. 

Dwain McDonald, DPD’s CEO commented, “We know from what we have done in central London that this model works, and we know that shippers and shoppers both love seeing parcels delivered green.  So, we have made significant progress already. It is great now to be able to share our longer-term vision and we look forward to turning these 25 towns and cities green.”

Related news: DPD and another LowCVP member, the John Lewis Partnership, between them scooped several of the prestigious Motor Transport Awards which were recently announced. DPD won: Clean Fleet Van Operator of the Year; Customer Care Award; Best Use of Technology; Home Delivery Operator of the Year and Urban Delivery Operator of the Year. Meanwhile, John Lewis Partnership took the Low Carbon Award.

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