Tuesday, 23 August 2016

The environmental (and business) case for Cycle Couriers

As a company proud of its Cycle Courier service, we think it is important to recognise the sometimes enormous impact that switching your services to greener sources can have.

One of the areas that many people don’t realise they can switch is their delivery system.  It is important to realise the huge impact that logistics and road infrastructure has on the area we live.  Congestion, air quality, noise, even road safety are all impacted by both logistics and infrastructure and how these are managed and provided. Making our road infrastructure greener makes our city greener.

As part of its Cycling Cities campaign Cycling England estimated that for every £1 spent on cycling infrastructure there was a return on investment of £2.59 for the health benefits achieved alone, without taking into account other economic factors.  Whilst the safety of cycling might concern some, UK research has shown that doubling the levels of cycling in UK cities can reduce the number of road accidents involving cyclists by as much as 34%.

An excellent example of the impact of logistics is the Royal Mail which uses, on average, 150 million tonnes of diesel every year to sustain its logistics network and has over 63 thousand vehicles on the road.  Post Services overall attributed for 0.15% of the total global C02 emissions, which doesn’t sound like much until you realise it’s 0.15% of 38 Billion Tonnes (57 Million Tonnes of C02).
And this air pollution is a major environmental risk to health. Ambient air pollution in both cities and rural areas was estimated to cause 3.7 million premature deaths worldwide in 2012.  (Air Quality – WHO).  By reducing air pollution levels, countries can reduce the burden of disease from stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma

For us, Velopost was born from both Environmental and Economic reasons.
Environmentally, at Velopost, we prevent the production of roughly 7 tonnes of CO2 per annum by ensuring we have no fossil fuel used in our network whatsoever.  Each additional letter adds another 7 grams, which doesn’t sound a lot, but they all add up - all it takes is 500 letters a day to save a tonne of CO2.
There is also a business and economic case for being green. By ensuring we are not reliant on motor vehicles and fossil fuels we are able to keep our costs low and our prices stable. We don’t have to pay extensive maintenance bills or exorbitant fuel prices, so instead we can offer stable and low pricing to our customers. We haven’t increased our prices for the last 3 years whereas the cost of a second class stamp has increased 38% in the same period!

If you want to find out more about the services Velopost offer, please visit our website here.

Additionally, please contact us if you wish to see any of the sources for this article.

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