In an effort to cut down on the carbon emissions generated by van deliveries, Amazon is opening a new program in London, one which will see deliveries done on foot or using e-cargo bikes.
The program begins with Amazon opening its first “micromobility” hub in Hackney, east London, which will complement their existing electric vehicles.
Hackney is already a low emission zone postcode district but the move will contribute to lowering emissions even further.
“Tackling transport emissions is key if we’re to reach net zero. We’re really pleased to have worked with Amazon to support them to take traditional vans off the streets and replace them with e-cargo bikes. This will help to reduce emissions and improve air quality for people in Hackney and beyond,” said Cllr Mete Coban, Hackney council cabinet member for environment and transport.
John Boumphrey, the UK country manager of Amazon, said that “e-cargo bikes, walkers and growing electric vehicle delivery fleet will help us make more zero emission customer deliveries than ever before across London and the UK in the coming months.”
According to The Guardian, Amazon will also install more than 30,000 solar panels on its facilities in Manchester, Coalville, Haydock Green, Wakefield, Bristol and Milton Keynes by the end of this year.