DPD UK welcomes GeoPost/DPDgroup net-zero announcement

Parent GeoPost/DPDgroup submits Group-wide net-zero target to Science Based Target initiative

Leading parcel delivery firm DPD UK has welcomed plans by its parent GeoPost/DPDgroup for net-zero targets and confirmed that the UK operation is on track to achieve these targets and, where possible exceed them.

GeoPost/DPDgroup has submitted both a near-term decarbonisation and a long-term net-zero target for approval by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi). The group is taking decisive action to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040 and has committed to reduce its scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 43% by 2030 and 90% by 2040 from a 2020 baseline - 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.

SBTi provides companies with a clearly defined path to reduce emissions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. GeoPost/DPDgroup expects to achieve SBTi approval in early 2023.

In the UK DPD is focusing on the rapid decarbonisation of its delivery fleet with 3,000 Electric Vehicles on the road this year and plans for 5,000 by the end of 2023. By the end of next year, DPD will be delivering to 30 major towns and cities in the UK, only on electric vehicles.

DPD will also be announcing major decarbonisation initiatives this year on lorry fleet and company cars.

In addition, DPD UK is powered by 100% renewable energy - only buying electricity from renewable sources - and DPD's largest sortation facilities now run fully on solar power during the day.

Elaine Kerr, DPD UK CEO, comments: "We welcome this announcement from DPDgroup and are very proud to be part of a Europe-wide, verified commitment to net-zero. This is a key step on that road and demonstrates GeoPost/DPDgroup's ambition to lead on net-zero emissions in the global parcel delivery market. Our aim is to be the most sustainable parcel delivery company in the UK and we are delighted to confirm the pathway that we are taking to ensure we achieve that, while also fully supporting the group-wide net-zero initiative. We are confident that we are well on the way to a net-zero future in the UK."

Details on all of DPD's sustainability initiatives can be found on its dedicated green website: https://green.dpd.co.uk/


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Notes to editors

DPD was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise 2015 in the Innovation category, for its unique one-hour delivery service, Predict.

In 2018, DPD opened the UK's first all-electric parcel delivery depot in Westminster. DPD currently has over 2,000 EVs on the road in the UK and in October 2020, announced plans to deliver to 25 of the largest towns and cities in the UK with zero and low-emission delivery means by 2023. In July 2021, Oxford became DPD's first all-electric city in the UK. Details of all of DPD's sustainability initiatives can be found on its dedicated green website:https://green.dpd.co.uk/

DPD is a member of DPDgroup, the largest parcel delivery network in Europe. DPDgroup is the parcel delivery network of GeoPost, a holding company owned by France's La Poste.

The company operates more than 10,000 vehicles from 84 locations and delivers over 400 million parcels a year.