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As Amazon pledges to cut emissions, EU clamps down on carbon: what sustainability targets have other delivery giants set?


This week Amazon outlined a shipment goal of delivering 50% of its shipments with net zero carbon by 2030. With the EU also introducing regulations on heavy duty vehicles, the pressure on the industry to act is increasing. eDelivery looks at some of the other players in the space and the commitments they have made on sustainability.

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The company has set itself a target of zero emissions by 2050. However, closer is its 2025 goal of increasing carbon efficiency by 50% compared to 2007 levels.

The company is rolling out electric vehicles, including vans and in some cases boats. The company is also working to improve the efficiency and aerodynamism of vehicles.

As of the end of 2017, DHL said it had increased carbon efficiency by 32% since 2007.


DPD is hoping to reduce CO2 emissions by 10% per parcel in 2020 compared to 2013.

The company hopes to use a combination of transport efficiency, new fulfilment options such as click and collect and alternative fuels to hit the target. For example, in France it is using natural gas and electric vehicles.


FedEx’s goals focus mainly on its air fleet, which it notes is one of the places where it has the greatest environmental impact. The company wants to cut aircraft emissions 30% in 2020, increase vehicle efficiency by 30% by 2020 and get 30% of jet fuel from alternative fuels by 2030.

The company has expanded its use of electric and hybrid trucks, using power-assisted tricycles and claims alternative jet fuels will be ready to use from 2020.


UPS hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from global ground operations 12% by 2025. It also says it will generate 25% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025 and for 40% of global ground fuel to be alternative fuel.

Although the company fell short of its goals for 2017, it claims ongoing investment will “accelerate progress toward” the goals. Initiatives include joining a smart grid consortium in the UK that will enable simultaneous recharging of electric vehicles. IN Dublin, it has been using an “eco package hub”, which is a movable distribution centre which foot or bike couriers can use.

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