The Parcel Tracker team believes that everyone can take steps towards making the planet a better place. We all love nature and feel the connection we have with our surroundings, and that’s something worth fighting for! While our company isn’t responsible for much carbon emission, we are aware that we do operate within an industry that pollutes. With this in mind, we feel that we can do something about it and help make deliveries green.
Ecommerce has ushered in a new era of comfort; we can literally buy anything with a click and have it delivered to our homes within a few days. Unfortunately a vast majority of the vehicles making these deliveries are petroleum base and release a significant amount of emissions into the environment. This gave rise to the Parcel Tracker Green initiative.
We’ve partnered BeZero Carbon and the Eden Project to make the last leg of parcel deliveries carbon negative. This project would not have been possible without our partner client taking the initiative and implementing Parcel Tracker at their buildings; Student Roost, Sodexo and many more… The Last mile of a parcels journal accounts for over half its delivery cost, and we estimate that the emissions are similar.
We’ve taken on two major initiatives to make deliveries carbon negative. Firstly, we are working with decarbonization specialists BeZero to invest in projects and a carbon credits portfolio globally. Investing in these projects allows us to extract carbon real-time and create demand for the credits, incentivizing more green ventures. We’ve already invested in five different projects. The second step is to help local communities affect by deforestation. We’ve making the world greener, communities happier and paying forward our fortunes.
Our partnership with the Eden project has us planting 10,000 trees in Madagascar initially. However, we aim to expand over time to plant millions of trees across their projects globally.
Our methodology is not perfect, but we are a start-up, we believe in doing something, a bias for action. Over time as we learn, we’ll be able to improve our calculations for the carbon emissions made for each parcel.
Our initial calculations used the Mayor of London study on the average distance’s travelled for a parcel between the distribution centre and the final address. The data has shown that the average distances travelled were between 125 meters and 250 meters. To compensate for errors in calculation we have brought up the number to 500 meters per parcel.
It is important to note that parcels do travel more than 500 meters on average in a delivery truck, however a single truck is delivering upwards of 100-200 parcels in a dispatch, hence the unique journey for a parcel is around 125 to 250 meters.
The typical emissions for an average 3.5 tonne van is 0.29 kgCO2e/km (diesel/petrol/Hybric/CNG/LPG including WWT emissions), this bring the average emission for a single parcel to 0.15kgCO2e.
Our initial project has invested in offsetting the emission from 1 million deliveries, bringing it to 145 Tonnes of CO2e. We have purchased these carbon credits at a A+ portfolio rating based on BeZeros portfolio calculations, and planted 10,000 Trees that over their lifetime will extract 3,000 tonnes of CO2e. This in merely the first step in our journey and we will be carbon neutralising all parcels managed through our system on a biannual basis.
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