Successfully transitioning towards a decarbonised business means being reliant on the market and third parties for products that are cleaner, more efficient, and more sustainable. Examples include the speed with which electric trucks and vans are widely available, the implementation of a stable, Benelux-wide electric charging network, and the impact that air freight has on our scope 3 CO2 emissions. To solve these issues, we need to work with our customers and partners along the supply chain, looking for ways to reduce social and environmental costs while improving efficiencies. At the same time, we need to invest in developing technologies to help accelerate the rate of change.
In 2021 we introduced a large-scale pilot in the Dutch cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen using light electric freight vehicles (LEFVs) to deliver parcels. As well as being emission-free, LEFVs can carry up to three roll containers, which can be smart-packed at the sorting centre and loaded directly onto the vehicle at the city hub. This means the parcels are unloaded efficiently during the delivery run. LEFVs also use less electricity than electric vans, and can be driven on cycle paths or roads, are highly manoeuvrable, and reduce congestion compared to vans. If the pilot’s judged a success, from 2022 we will expand the use of LEFVs to more city centres in the Netherlands, as one of the initiative for more sustainable city logistics.