Amazon to deliver by bike and on foot in Central London in eco push

Amazon has announced new methods of reducing emissions with deliveries to be made by bike and on foot for the first time in the UK.

As a result, delivery drivers will ride e-cargo bikes and walk to customers’ homes and offices in central London, replacing thousands of traditional van journeys.

According to the delivery giant, its new London-based “micromobility” hub will lead to a million more customer deliveries each year, while others are expected to open across the UK in the coming months.

The new hubs coincides with plans to double the number of solar energy projects at UK sites by 2024.

The move follows Amazon’s decision electrify its fleet with 1,000 electric vans now on UK roads, as it aims to deliver half its shipments with net-zero carbon by 2030 and all by 2040.

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“Amazon is driving towards a global net-zero carbon future. One way we’re doing that is through the transformation of our transportation networks,” Amazon UK country manager John Boumphrey said.

“Our new 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.”

In March, Amazon also unveiled five 37-tonne electric heavy goods vehicles operating from centres in Tilbury and Milton Keynes and replacing diesel trucks.

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