Co-op has announced plans to replace its entire delivery fleet with zero-emission electric vehicles by 2025.
The convenience store giant is dramatically accelerating its plans to roll out the use of electric delivery vehicles and has become the first British retailer to sign up to the UN’s “Our Only Future” campaign.
It will deploy the zero-emission delivery vehicles at its stores in Hebden Bridge; Holmfirth and Hove this month, followed by stores in Ryde, Isle of Wight and Whitby early next year.
The news comes just a day after its rival Asda bought 202 liquified natural gas lorries, thought to be the largest single order of heavy good vehicles running on renewable fuels to date in the UK.
According to Asda most of these trucks, which produce 80 per cent less emissions than diesel-powered vehicles, will remain in use until 2026 meaning they will last a year longer than its typical replacement cycle.
Co-op’s head of ecommerce Chris Conway said: “Our focus is to continue to innovate and look for new and better ways to do business in our communities and to expand access to our products and services.
“In addition to offering quality and value quickly, easily and conveniently, we need to do this sustainably, and by replacing all our own vehicles and working collaboratively with partners with shared values we can ensure we further reduce greenhouse gas emissions which is essential if we are to have a healthy and sustainable natural environment to pass on to future generations.”