DPD UK has revealed that it has received the Green Apple Environment Award for environmental best practice. The company was named Gold winner in the Service Industries category and triumphed thanks to its achievements in reducing CO2 emissions.
The awards, founded by The Green Organisation to recognize, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world, have been running since 1994 and attract entries from governments, ministries and regional authorities, as well as companies and organizations across the private and public sectors.
The award is recognition for DPD UK’s efforts to become the most responsible city center delivery company and the leader in electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK. In October last year, DPD opened the UK’s first all-electric parcel depot in Westminster and plans to have a fleet of 500 electric vehicles by the end of 2020.
The firm has also partnered with Oxford-based manufacturer EAV to create a British built e-cargo bike, the P1. The bio-mechanical hybrid electric-assisted pedal bikes have a range of 60 miles and with a 120kg payload can cover 100 parcel stops in a day and then be recharged using a normal 13A, 240V plug socket.
Dwain McDonald, DPD UK’s CEO, commented; “We’ve made a huge commitment as a company to investigate, develop and invest in our own sustainable future. But part of that project is also about leading by example and that means sharing what we have learned and showing that there are better ways to deliver parcels and run logistics.”