We improve the impact of our final delivery fleet
Finding sustainable solutions to urban logistics
Deploying a low emission delivery fleet:
New modes of transport are tested and deployed: natural gas, bio natural gas, electric vehicles, bicycles and deliveries made by foot.
Using “micro depots” and “urban depots”:
Smaller depots, situated closer to high density areas, allow cleaner deliveries, such as bicycles or foot.
Anticipating new legislation:
Engaging closely with stakeholders allow us to anticipate and react quickly to up and coming legislation, such as the diesel ban, which is being increasingly set across Europe.
- Deliveries of 1 kg or under are conducted by a courier on foot
- Deliveries of 2 kg or under are conducted by bicycle/tricycle
- Deliveries over 2kg are made by vans.
DPDgroup measures two air pollutants in particular – both a direct consequence of our delivery activity: particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). Unlike greenhouse gas emissions, which have a global impact, these pollutants, emitted by all vehicles, represent a local health hazard. DPDgroup is therefore actively replacing its “conventional” diesel and petrol delivery vehicles with alternatives, such as electric vehicles, bio gas vehicles or bicycles.
We use the Euro Standard, which defines the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions and pollutants, to measure the impact of our fleet. The standard currently has 6 stages ranging from Euro 1 (worst performing) to Euro 6 (highest performing vehicles), and cities around Europe are increasingly taking measures to reduce pollutant concentration. We are taking active steps to improve our fleet - 70% of our fleet is now ranked Euro 5 or 6, and 2,000 new Euro 6 vehicles were deployed in 2017 – a third of the total fleet deployed.