Home

Translate

en English af Afrikaans sq Albanian ar Arabic hy Armenian az Azerbaijani eu Basque be Belarusian bg Bulgarian ca Catalan zh-CN Chinese (Simplified) zh-TW Chinese (Traditional) hr Croatian cs Czech da Danish nl Dutch et Estonian tl Filipino fi Finnish fr French gl Galician ka Georgian de German el Greek ht Haitian Creole iw Hebrew hi Hindi hu Hungarian is Icelandic id Indonesian ga Irish it Italian ja Japanese ko Korean lv Latvian lt Lithuanian mk Macedonian ms Malay mt Maltese no Norwegian fa Persian pl Polish pt Portuguese ro Romanian ru Russian sr Serbian sk Slovak sl Slovenian es Spanish sw Swahili sv Swedish th Thai tr Turkish uk Ukrainian ur Urdu vi Vietnamese cy Welsh yi Yiddish
Open Translation

LONDON: Britain’s Royal Mail is to create 50 new postal drone routes over the next three years as part of a partnership with UK logistics drone operator Windracers Group.

Subject to regulatory approval, the company will operate Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Royal Mail to provide initial services to communities across the Isles of Scilly, Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands and the Hebrides.

The UAVs will help further reduce Royal Mail’s carbon emissions and replace its reliance on ferries, conventional aircraft and land-based vehicles for deliveries.

Supported by a fleet of 200 drones, the company wants to provide customers with over 50 routes over the next three years as part of a longer-term plan to deploy 500 aircraft throughout the UK.

Last month a three-day trial used a twin-engined UAV with a capacity of 100 kgs to deliver mail between Tingwall Airport in Lerwick and Unst – a 100-mile roundtrip. Unst has a population of around 630 people and is Britain’s most northerly inhabited island.

“The middle mile of supply and logistics, especially to remote locations, has long been overlooked by the industry and is ripe for innovation,” commented Windracers chairman Stephen Wright. “We’ve spent the last five years focused on developing the most commercially viable essential logistics drones so we’re truly delighted to be working with Royal Mail on this ambitious and pioneering deployment of autonomous aircraft. It puts the UK firmly at the forefront of this exciting sector.”

BONN: Deutsche Post DHL is to invest €600 million in sustainability-related logistics infrastructure including 280 carbon-free delivery depots – 100 of which are scheduled for completion at the end of this year.

In addition to a current fleet of 20,000 electric vehicles, the company also plans to operate 400 biogas-powered trucks by the end of 2023.

Since 2007, its Post & Parcel Germany division has enabled customers to offset carbon emissions with its ‘GoGreen’ service via certified climate mitigation projects.

Now it has expanded the concept with ‘Go Green Plus’ for business customers via carbon-neutral ‘insetting’ – purchasing sustainable fuels, buying and deploying e-vehicles and operating rail services on 144 of the longest lines linking 37 DHL parcel centers in Germany.

Each freight train carries up to 100,000 parcels, saving 1,200 tons of carbon per month.

Despite this level of investment, Deutsche Post says it is still market conditions that dictate whether Germany will be able to provide a universal, carbon-neutral mail and parcel service: “What we repeatedly find is that in practice, sustainability plays no role in public sector procurement,” explained Post & Parcel Germany CEO Tobias Meyer.

“Contracts are awarded solely on grounds of price. We’d really like to see the German government make good on its announcement in the coalition agreement, that the Postal Act will be revised in line with criteria focusing on environmental and social components.”
 

AMSTERDAM: KLM and 16 other SkyTeam members have accepted a challenge to see which airline can operate the most sustainable medium and long-haul flight this year in order to share best practice “from check-in to baggage belt”.

According to the airline, it wants to encourage employees “to broaden their perspectives and to think outside the box”.

Together with its peers it has devised the following rules for the Sustainable Flight Challenge:

• The challenge is focused on environmental sustainability.
• There are 2 distance categories: long haul > 5000 km and medium-haul 1000 - 5000 km. Airlines may participate in both distances.
• Airlines operate 1 single flight using an existing route per category.
• The challenge starts at the check-in and finishes when passengers pick up their bags at their destination. So, it's not just about an optimal flight, but also about sustainable solutions for freight, supplies, or food.
• Measurements will be compared to the other participating airlines.
• ‘Greatest CO₂ reduction’ awards will be measured against each airline’s own baseline set of reference flights with the same aircraft type in the same distance bound.
• Participating airlines may choose to compensate for any remaining CO₂ emissions from the chosen flights to be carbon neutral.
• Participants in the challenge will be judged in all award categories.
• Participating airlines commit to sharing all innovations on sustainability.

There are three main award categories with five finalists and one overall winner covering ‘Impact’: greatest CO₂ reduction, lowest CO₂ emissions (for flight, ground handling and food and beverage) and best waste management. ‘Innovation’: best inflight, best cargo, best bottom sustainable line and ‘The Boldest Move’. And ‘Collaboration’: best partnerships, customer engagement and employee engagement.

After the ‘Challenge, all the airlines will share best practices and knowledge in workshops covering waste management, optimum flight routes, sustainable ground handling and cargo.

“The challenge is for airlines to collaborate on sustainability instead of competing. United we can inspire, accelerate, and change the industry. And meet our ambitious climate goals,” added KLM.
 

Latest News

August 22, 2022
Transportation Editor

What price anti-trust exemption for container shipping?

BRUSSELS: Attending the 2015 transport logistic expo in Munich, a Maersk Sustainability manager admitted his company didn’t have a Plan B for loading and unloading containers when there is a 7.0+ metre (24.6 feet) rise in sea-level as a result of a melted…
May 19, 2022
People Editor

It won't be business as usual when the ports are underwater

CHARLOTTE, NC: A recent IEA-related article in the Guardian newspaper included a quote from Greg Muttitt, an energy expert at the International Institute for Sustainable Development: “Governments and companies often suffer from a form of cognitive dissonance:…
May 19, 2022
Emissions Editor

Cruise ships emit more CO2 than airlines?

WASHINGTON, DC: Bryan Comer leads the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) marine programme - dedicated to providing policymakers with the data and analysis they need to avoid, reduce, and eliminate pollution from the global shipping sector.…
May 18, 2022
Energy Editor

Marine biofuel pioneer expands in Asia

SINGAPORE: GoodFuels, a biofuels pioneer for the transport industry, has signed a partnership agreement with ITOCHU Corporation, one of Japan’s largest general trading companies, to scale sustainable marine biofuel in Singapore, Japan, and Asia-Pacific. The…
May 18, 2022
Emissions Editor

Microsoft cash produces more emissions than the manufacturing, transport and use of its products

WASHINGTON, DC: A new report has revealed how the banking sector uses client cash to finance fossil fuels while undermining the sustainability efforts of climate-conscious companies including Google, Meta and PayPal. ‘The Carbon Bankroll: The Climate Impact…
May 18, 2022
Transportation Editor

CMA CGM integrates Air France-KLM

PARIS/MARSEILLE: Air France-KLM and CMA CGM have signed a 10-year exclusive partnership that could result in a 9.0 percent stake in the airline group and a Board seat for the French logistics company’s president and CEO Rodolphe Saadé. The deal will result…
May 16, 2022
Transportation Editor

United Heavy Lift expands greener fleet

HAMBURG: Project and outsize cargo carrier United Heavy Lift has ordered two more F900 Eco-Lifter vessels to add to a fleet of 17 delivered between 2019 and this year. The company is phasing out all its UHL 800 P-type vessels in a bid to operate a modern and…
May 13, 2022
Emissions Editor

Climate crisis worsens despite corporate promises

GENEVA/LONDON: A report from the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says it’s likely the annual average global temperature will reach 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels at least once in the next five years. The odds of exceeding the Paris Agreement…
May 13, 2022
Transportation Editor

Royal Mail to expand UK drone network

LONDON: Britain’s Royal Mail is to create 50 new postal drone routes over the next three years as part of a partnership with UK logistics drone operator Windracers Group. Subject to regulatory approval, the company will operate Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)…
May 12, 2022
People Editor

What’s lost when we talk ESG and not Sustainability

LONDON: Andrew Winston is coauthor with Paul Polman of ‘Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take’. Just as fossil fuel companies should not lead the planning of our energy future, he suggests it is equally unwise to let…
May 12, 2022
Technology Editor

Turning trash in a flash to capture carbon

HOUSTON, TX: A new process developed by the Rice University lab of chemist James Tour can turn bulk quantities of just about any carbon source – i.e. a banana peel - into valuable graphene flakes at a fraction of the current price of up to US$200,000 a ton.…
May 11, 2022
Transportation Editor

Deutsche Post DHL ‘GoGreen’ - but will Germany?

BONN: Deutsche Post DHL is to invest €600 million in sustainability-related logistics infrastructure including 280 carbon-free delivery depots – 100 of which are scheduled for completion at the end of this year. In addition to a current fleet of 20,000…

We are using cookies

By continuing you are agreeing to our use of cookies

I understand