DPD is looking to cut carbon emissions in transport, delivery and buildings with the help of its first EcoLab, which will work with innovative companies with sustainable solutions.
The parcels giant is partnering with innovation specialist L Marks in the EcoLab which launches today (12 June).
The two companies are calling for applications from candidates wishing to participate in the EcoLab which aims to tackle three challenges. These include the further decarbonisation of DPDgroup's fleet of 1,000 HGVs, through alternative fuel and EV solutions, and the reduction of its collection and delivery emissions via EV charging stations and alternative electric vehicle solutions. DPD currently operates a fleet of 3,000 EVs.
In addition, DPD wants to cut carbon emissions from its 100 buildings, using innovations that can be retrofitted into its current depots and installed in any future depots. The group is also looking to design and build depots in the most sustainable way possible.
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L Marks will help scout for candidates for the EcoLab programme, which will run for 10 weeks, during which participants will have the opportunity to validate their solutions, as well as have access to DPD's network and resources, and mentorship from industry experts.
Tim Jones, DPDgroup marketing, communications and sustainabilty director, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with L Marks to launch this EcoLab.
"The project will play a key part in shaping our sustainability strategy and helping achieve our stated aim of being the most sustainable parcel delivery company in the UK. Investing in and developing new sustainable technologies and innovations is crucial in the next few years to ensure we can reach net zero, and partnering with experts in this way can accelerate that progress."
Daniel Saunders, L Marks chief executive, added: "We are excited to be working with DPD on this important initiative.
"The EcoLab is a testament to DPD's commitment to sustainability and their willingness to embrace new ideas and technologies to achieve their goals.
"As the world becomes more conscious of the impact of carbon emissions, companies like DPD are leading the way in finding innovative solutions that safeguard the planet for future generations''.