DPD UK has partnered with innovation company L Marks to launch an ‘EcoLab’ with the aim of using technology and innovation to reduce its carbon emissions within its transport, delivery and warehousing processes.
According to DPD, the EcoLab will be a ten-week immersive programme where participants will have the opportunity to validate their solutions, access to DPD’s network and resources and receive mentorship from industry experts.
Businesses that might be suitable for this programme will be scouted by L Marks, according to a company statement. A key aim of the EcoLab will be assisting DPD in reaching its goal of reaching net zero by 2040.
Tim Jones, director of marketing, communications & sustainability at DPDgroup UK, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with L Marks to launch this EcoLab. The project will play a key part in shaping our sustainability strategy and helping achieve our stated aim of being the most sustainable parcel delivery company in the UK.
“Investing in and developing new sustainable technologies and innovations is crucial in the next few years to ensure we can reach net zero, and partnering with experts in this way can accelerate that progress.”
There are three categories in which applicants can propose solutions. The first is ‘Carbon Emission Reduction in Transport: Fleet Decarbonisation’.
With more than 1,000 HGVs active daily on UK roads, DPD is looking for ways to reduce the emissions of its transport fleet, including solutions around alternative fuel sources, electric batteries and alternative delivery methods.
The second category is ‘Carbon Emission Reduction in Collection & Delivery’. This is focused around DPD’s existing 3,000-strong fleet of electric vehicles. The company is looking for any solution that might improve the driving experience for its Collection & Delivery drivers.
Finally, there is ‘Carbon Emission Reduction in Buildings: Hub of the Future’. This final category is for solutions and innovations that can reduce the environmental impact of buildings. With more than 100 depots, hubs and offices across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, DPD UK claims to be putting focus onto ensuring thats its depots are as sustainable as possible going forward.
What’s more, DPD UK has expressed intentions to become the most sustainable company in the courier, express and parcel (CEP) industry. Its efforts to improve sustainability include testing a new electric truck prototype and taking advantage of an EV charging hub in Glasgow for its electric fleet.