The world is a much smaller place than it once was, and environmental impacts are having serious and potentially dire consequences on both a local and global scale. Pollution and climate change are arguably two of the most challenging global problems we face in modern times.
As a leading contributor to the emission of dangerous and impactful greenhouse gasses (GHG), the transportation and logistics industry has an ethical and moral responsibility to step up to the plate and take charge of implementing solutions that make a real difference.
As an operator in the logistics and delivery services industry, CitySprint takes its responsibility for reducing their carbon footprint seriously and is constantly looking for unique and innovative ways to do so, while improving services for their customers.
Additional strategies employed include working with local university groups and leveraging their 15+ years of industry data to map out ways their business can improve efficiency, reduce time spent in transit, eliminate “dead” mileage, and as a result, reduce greenhouse gasses emitted.
CitySprint’s vision is to set the gold standard for fast, efficient, eco-friendly courier that ensures the right package, is delivered at the right time, while achieving an optimally minimal environmental impact.
State of the Art Green Vehicles
Forward-thinking companies like CitySprint are beginning to understand the benefits of moving towards eco-friendly green vehicles and equipment. Although adoption in the UK for transportation and logistics companies has been slow, CitySprint hope to set the tone for future enterprises to take charge.
An evolving fleet
Today, many logistics companies like CitySprint are offering alternative solutions to help tackle increased global greenhouse gas emissions although they still use traditional vans, the fleet also boasts low-emission electric and hydrogen vans, cargo bikes, and pushbikes.
- Pushbike - CitySprint estimates that each pushbike in operation reduces GHG emissions annually by 2.5 tonnes
- Cargo Bike - These electric-assisted vehicles are capable of carrying impressive loads while still being nimble enough to navigate through traffic utilising cycle lanes. CitySprint estimates that each cargo bike is capable of reducing GHG emissions by up to 4 tonnes annually
- Electric Van - Capable of traveling up to 120 miles each day on a single charge, these vans have a twofold impact; reducing noise pollution while also saving up to 8 tonnes of greenhouse gasses annually.
- Hydrogen Van - This relatively new van technology can travel up to twice the distance of an electric van and only emits H2O.
Study Reveals Cargo bikes are Faster and More Efficient
Although reducing environmental impact is a driving mission for businesses like CitySprint, economic feasibility, and the viability of such programs, as well as providing optimal courier services to customers, is paramount.
A recent university study revealed that cargo bikes are able to complete urban deliveries up to 50% faster than small vans, making them not only an environmentally friendly option but an efficient one as well.
The Future Looks Bright for Green Transport in the UK
With companies like CitySprint leading the way with innovative green solutions for transportation and deliveries, the industry has a real chance of making a significant positive impact on the environment and local communities. A continued effort to reduce emissions coupled with a dedication to delivering excellent service puts CitySprint ahead of the pack in the logistics industry.