Wincanton has unveiled its new ESG strategy, encompassing its environmental, social and governance goals and pledging to be net zero by 2040.
The company has said this will be through incremental improvements in network efficiency and vehicle fuel efficiency, as well as electrification of its lighter vehicle fleets.
It will begin with delivering its pledge to offer net-zero emission home deliveries to all customers by April next year. It claims to have already become the first premium home delivery service in the UK to offer a net-zero home delivery service and says that, as a result, customers including M&S, Loaf, The White Company and Snug, are already using its enhanced vehicle technology, electrification and carbon offsetting to create carbon-neutral final mile deliveries.
Wincanton is also working on offering diesel alternative fuel options, such as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (“HVO”) or biomethane fuel options, that will reduce transport emissions by 70 – 85%. Its home delivery fleet will be all electric by 2026. Residual carbon emissions will be offset through Wincanton Woodland, its woodland planting scheme.
2030 to 2040 will see a more dramatic decline in carbon emissions as new technologies such as hydrogen become available, battery and hybrid technology mature, commercial viability improves and customer demand for these solutions increases, the company revealed.
The announcement came alongside Wincanton’s year-end results. Wincanton launched its first dark store customer fulfilment centre during its financial year, partnering with Waitrose & Partners and becoming the first outsourced provider of dark stores for a supermarket in the UK.
Wincanton has also launched new efulfilment centres in Rockingham and Nuneaton. The company is working with Neal’s Yard Remedies on a solution that uses autonomous robots (or co-bots) to assist with individual picking and packing in the Nuneaton efulfilment centre.
The Rockingham facility features state of the art automation and allows for high volume next-day parcel fulfilment with the ability to deliver even with late cut-off times. Wincanton is already working with B&Q on their click and collect service there. It has also won new contracts with retailers including Dobbies to support their entire supply chain and home delivery contracts for Homebase and Wickes.