Dwain McDonald, CEO of the UK’s No.1 domestic parcels carrier DPD, is calling on vehicle manufacturers, energy providers, national and local Government to start working together now to reduce emissions and congestion for the benefit of current and future generations.
The call follows the launch of a new, hard-hitting White
Paper from DPD with an eight-point plan to radically accelerate the pace of
change, including manufacturers making more right-hand drive Electric Vehicles
(EVs) available in the UK and consistency across clean air, ULEV [Ultra Low
Emission Vehicles], and zero emission zone standards. Additionally, the White
Paper calls for new regulation to ensure the safe and responsible operation of
DPD also announced that it has significantly scaled up its
own EV investment programme and will grow its current fleet of 139 vehicles to
500 by the end of 2020. However, there are still major barriers holding
back more widespread EV adoption and investment, according to Dwain McDonald,
In the White Paper, entitled, “Delivering
a Zero-Emission Future”, McDonald shares the lessons learned to-date
from DPD’s innovative approach and the challenges faced, as well as sharing his
own thoughts on the future.
The Paper focuses on the following eight key action points:
● DPD calls for a
cohesive industry discussion with the DfT to establish appropriate regulation
and best practice guidance to ensure the safe and responsible operation of
● DPD calls on the
government to streamline and remove bureaucracy from the registration process
of alternative fuel new to market vehicles to improve fleet uptake.
● DPD calls on
OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) to open the plug-in grant schemes to a
wider range of vehicles, increasing its flexibility and support for
organisations like DPD who are seeking methods to support delivery of the Road
to Zero strategy.
● Policy makers
must ensure that policy reflects the current technology available and does not
regulate in a way that is undeliverable because of the speed of manufacturer
authorities, London Boroughs, TfL and other key stakeholders should engage
final mile operators to help establish micro-depots.
● Policy makers
must make clean air, ULEV and zero emission zone standards consistent and not
create local policies that create uncertainty and unnecessary challenges for
● Increase the
supply of economically viable right-hand drive 3.5t electric vehicles to the UK
● Continue to
support innovations that will help enable the government’s ‘road to zero’
Dwain McDonald, DPD CEO commented, “DPD is determined
to contribute to a greener future for the UK through the widespread deployment
of electric vehicles. Our vision is to be the nation’s cleanest, quietest and
safest emissions-free parcel delivery company. We call on manufacturers plus
local and national government to partner with us to help make this vision a reality.
“The decarbonisation of transport fleets is
challenging, both operationally and financially. DPD has already made large
financial commitments to purchase commercial electric vehicles and change
operating models to help reduce emissions and congestion for the benefit of the
society we live in. But it isn’t happening fast enough, so we need to remove
the barriers that are slowing the pace of change. We want to invest but
we can’t get the vehicles we need fast enough, while warehousing and
distribution space is being pushed out of our city centres and there is limited
financial support for new and innovation green vehicles.
“We cannot do this alone. We need stakeholders from
across a range of industries to work together in a holistic way to create an
infrastructure that makes large scale EV deployment feasible.
“Change is difficult and demanding, but emerging new
technologies give the current generation of leaders and decision-makers the
tools to lead a large-scale cultural change – we cannot kick this problem any
further down the road.”
The DPD White Paper can be viewed by clicking here: Delivering
a Zero-Emission Future
Source: Courier News