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DPD said Geopost had become the first parcel delivery company to have both its near and long-term CO2 emission reduction targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

It added that the approval scientifically endorses Geopost’s plan to reach net-zero by 2040 and that DPD UK is on track to achieve these targets and where possible exceed them.

SBTi provides companies with a clearly defined path to reduce emissions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

The SBTi approved Geopost’s reduction pathway after the company submitted its targets in July 2022.

In the UK, DPD is focusing on the decarbonisation of its delivery fleet with 3,000 electric vehicles (EVs) and plans for 4,000 by the end of 2023.

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By the end of this year, DPD said it would be providing final mile deliveries to 30 towns and cities in the UK on electric vehicles.

Elaine Kerr, DPD UK chief executive, said: “We are very proud indeed to be part of the first global parcel delivery group to have its CO2 emissions reduction targets approved by the SBTi.

“It is a clear endorsement of the wide-scale, science-based approach and the level of investment being made.

“We fully support the group-wide net-zero initiative and our own programme is key to reaching the overall target.

“In the UK we have already made giant steps towards a net-zero future and we will continue to work closely with our colleagues across Europe, to share best practice and insights as we progress towards our goals,” she added.

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