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Next-Day Delivery demand will drive up carbon emissions without change - CILT International

21/07/2021 07:09 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 -- Growing demand for e-commerce delivery will result in 36 per cent more delivery vehicles in inner cities by 2030, according to the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) International.

These findings come despite new policy proposals from the UK and EU in the ongoing global pursuit of net-zero carbon emissions, according to a statement.

Secretary-General of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport International, Keith Newton, said: “Policy commitments to decarbonisation are a necessary start, but if governments are to actually make a difference and achieve net zero emissions, they need to act as bridge between businesses, consumers, and transport industry professionals. 

“Decarbonisation is the single greatest long-term challenge facing the transport and logistics industry, but lasting positive change will only come with changes in business and consumer habits.”

CILT International further found that consequently, emissions from delivery traffic will increase by 32 per cent and congestion will rise by over 21 per cent, equalling an additional 11 minutes of commute time for each passenger daily.

These figures do not account for additional factors such as the impact of Next Day Delivery: same-day and instant delivery are the fastest-growing segments in the last-mile.

The CO2 impact of the Next Day Delivery boom is accentuated by the fact that the traditional vehicle for home delivery is the white van. In the UK in the last quarter of 2020 after the second wave of the pandemic van sales increased by 8.8 per cent Y on Y.

Solutions to reduce Next Day delivery impacts include electrification of vehicles; reduction of the number of journeys through better delivery and service planning; consolidation of deliveries or consolidated pick up and drop off points rather than home delivery; and engagement with the consumer to increase understanding of the ‘green’ impacts of delivery choice.


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