Ede, January 24, 2018
Web shops and carriers in the Netherlands are joining forces to make parcel delivery more sustainable. The Dutch e-commerce sector aims for a reduction of 50% CO2 emissions in 2025 in the logistics operation compared to current emissions. A calculation model that provides insight into the CO2 emissions for parcel delivery will help.
The model has been developed by Thuiswinkel.org, Connekt and Topsector Logistiek in collaboration with webshops and carriers and meets European standards. Consumers are also made aware of the sustainable delivery options that can be chosen when placing an order with the campaign Bewust Bezorgd from Thuiswinkel.org. This initiative complements earlier developments to promote sustainable e-commerce, such as sustainable packaging materials, customized packaging and sustainable distribution centers, with which the e-commerce sector leads the way in sustainable retailing.
Green sector even more sustainable
Large online stores such as bol.com, wehkamp, Coolblue and Otto and carriers such as PostNL, DHL and Dynalogic are involved in the development of the model and support the ambition to continue to make logistics processes more sustainable. The calculation model calculates how much CO2 emissions the sending of a package entails on the basis of the volume of the packages sent, the number of kilometers each package travels, the means of transport used, the degree of filling of vans and the delivery option. In this way they can immediately see where there are possibilities to make the logistics operation even more sustainable. This calculation model is based on the Lean & Green Analytics method and meets European standards. Wijnand Jongen, director of Thuiswinkel.org: “We are already a green sector and we are making it even more sustainable. You can imagine that it is more sustainable to have one van deliver 100 packages, than that each consumer goes on the road separately. We are proud that e-commerce can increasingly offer a solution for sustainable retail. ”
Existing image is incorrect
Research by Motivaction on behalf of Thuiswinkel.org shows that consumers think that more than half of all delivery vans run in the city for e-commerce companies. In reality this is only 3% of the vans. Nico Anten, managing director of network organization for smart and sustainable mobility Connekt: “The impression that delivery vans for online stores represent a large share of total emissions is incorrect. Nevertheless, profit can be achieved and we encourage the sector to be the first to operate according to the Paris climate targets. This joint calculation model is an essential first step for this. "
At the same time, the Bewust Bezorgd campaign starts to provide consumers with information on how to order more sustainably. Consumer's choices about, for example, the delivery time of an order, influence the CO2 impact of the delivery. In this way, consumers can also contribute to sustainable online shopping.
State Secretary Van Veldhoven
"I think this is a nice initiative of the Top Sector Logistics and the companies that work together," says State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management Stientje van Veldhoven. “It offers the consumer handles to make an environmentally conscious choice when placing an order. This initiative is a good example of the environmental gain that can be achieved with city logistics, because measuring is knowing. It's good that the sector has linked an ambition to this. ”
The calculation model was presented during the New Year's reception of Thuiswinkel.org at the Webwinkel Vakdagen in the Jaarbeurs Utrecht on 24 January. The first web stores will implement the calculation tool in 2018.