UK independent parcel carrier Yodel has reduced its carbon emissions by 25% despite record growth over the last five years. The reduction can be attributed to Yodel’s £17m investment in its fleet and technology.
As part of its long-term commitment to more sustainable deliveries, Yodel has introduced a policy whereby all vehicles owned by the business must be three years old or younger.
The business attributes the reduction in emissions to its investment in Microlise technology for all its tractor units and trailers. The innovative software monitors factors such as speed, location and road traffic levels and reports the data to Yodel’s Business Control Tower to make real-time decisions on routes and performance.
Drivers also use Microlise’s Android-based DriveTab tablet devices to optimise their performance. Yodel has already seen a 7% improvement in fuel efficiency since the introduction of the technology. Yodel is now working towards reaching its goal of reducing its mileage by over 4m km this year.
Yodel has also expanded its urban bicycle delivery offering, now operating in seven cities across the UK including, London and Oxford. In 2020 the business reached its goal to deliver 150k parcels via pedal power and has set a new goal of delivering over 300k parcels in 2021. Yodel engaged with 11 of the 12 major bicycle operators in the UK and have contributed to reducing carbon emissions by 2.3 tons in London thanks to a collaboration with Pedivan.
Mike Hancox, Chief Executive Officer at Yodel commented: “The proactive approach to becoming more eco-friendly is key in all our decision making and it is great to see that our long-term investment has tangibly reduced our impact on the environment. We continue to innovate and trial new ways of reducing our carbon footprint, and we’re looking forward to improving our practices further, offering greener services, and contributing to Britain’s 2050 net-zero emissions target.”