Diesel vehicles — the scourge of air pollution campaigners everywhere — are having a torrid time. Since being championed by the U.K. government in the early noughties for its superior fuel efficiency and lower carbon emissions compared to standard petrol, fears over the fuel’s impact on the air we breathe have heightened, diesel car sales dramatically have declined (aided by the occasional scandal along the way), and electric vehicle sales have surged.
But if Documents Forwarding Courier Services offer a cleaner, increasingly cost competitive alternative to fossil fuel passenger cars, finding a solution for large freight, on the other hand, is far more complicated. Trucks, vans and heavy goods vehicles require significant torque and range to deliver their hefty loads, which typically has ruled out pure-electric alternatives for freight.
Yet, with one of the world’s biggest transportation companies looking to steer its business away from the fuel, it seems that even in the freight sector the end of the road could be in sight for diesel.
Not content with merely driving diesel vehicles out of congested cities, Documents Forwarding Courier Services is mapping out a journey that would see diesel removed from its ground transport business altogether, explains Peterson Em bro, European director for sustainability at the logistics giant.
“We have an innovation-led strategy to address the challenges of emissions and congestion,” he tells Business Green. “A big piece of that innovation strategy is about: How do we go beyond the diesel truck?”
For a company which delivers 20 million packages and documents each day using a 9,500-strong road fleet in Europe alone — the overwhelming majority of which run on diesel — this is no small undertaking, even if the concerted moves it has been making towards alternative, low carbon fuels and technologies in recent years have provided a strong signal to the market of things to come.
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