Reducing our impact on the planet
We’re reducing carbon emissions across operations by focusing on our vehicles, infrastructure, and innovative products and services.
Using the latest technology, we’re continually measuring and reviewing our carbon emissions. We categorise these into three ‘Scopes’ – a method developed by the most widely used global accounting tool, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Scopes 1 and 2 cover direct and indirect emissions resulting from business operations. We have reported our entire scope 3, which covers all other indirect emissions that are part of our entire value chain. By our calculations, the total CO2e per parcel is currently 508g.
|Scope 2 - Location Based (LB)||6,228.42|
|Scope 2 - Market Based (MB)||8,442.06|
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We’re firmly on the road to net zero thanks to our ongoing exploration of alternative fuels across the first, middle and final mile.
On trunking, we use a biomethane CNG (compressed natural gas) powered fleet as an alternative to diesel and currently have 90 CNG tractor units. We’ve ordered another 70, bringing the total to 160 – 50% of our core tractor fleet. This will give us the UK’s largest CNG parcel delivery fleet. Approximately 40% of our first-mile fleet is powered by CNG.
Each new IVECO S-WAY unit reduces CO2 emissions by more than 80% when compared to a Euro 6 diesel vehicle – a reduction of 150 tonnes of CO2 per vehicle and 24,000+ tonnes of CO2 across the entire CNG fleet annually.
Other CNG benefits include reductions in air pollution impact, such as 70% less NOX, 99% less particulate matter, 90% less NMHC and 88% less methane. They’re also 50% quieter than diesel equivalents.
We partner with CNG Fuels, which sources 100% renewable bio-CNG for its stations. This is sourced from food waste, independently verified and approved by the Department for Transport’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.
Electric vans give us an alternative fuels option for all journeys. Our Gemini site operates with 100% electric vehicles to service final-mile deliveries in central London. The 32-van fleet delivers an average of 6,500 parcels per day, rising to 11,000 during peak.
We’ve ordered 168 new zero-emission Mercedes-Benz eSprinters to service our out of home ParcelShop network. This is the most carbon-efficient way to send, receive and return parcels, and we aim to undertake all ParcelShop collections with electric vehicles at the earliest opportunity. We’ve commissioned Pod Point UK to install charging points at our hubs and depots.
The Rugby hub features transparent roof sections to increase natural lighting; LED lighting throughout to save energy; a rainwater harvesting system; and electric vehicle charging points. Around 77% of our waste is recycled, and we’ve also installed a new Optidrive system, which reduces sorter power consumption by 220kva.
The Hemel Hempstead depot, which has solar panels, charging points and transparent roofing sections, will have its whole-life carbon impact officially certified by The Planet Mark.
For the flagship ‘superhub’ at Barnsley, the first section of which will open in 2022, we’re including CNG fuel on site and solar panels. This will, like all our operations, be powered by 100% REGO backed renewable electricity. The 55-acre site includes a biodiversity area; solar panels and rain harvesting; acoustic bunds to reduce noise pollution; and the planting of 25,000+ trees and hedgerows.
Our proposition, developed and trialled in our bespoke Innovation & UX Lab, helps customers and retailers become more sustainable. Many of our innovations can easily be integrated into our clients’ checkout process as we support them on their own sustainability journeys.