Cost of Convenience

Revealing the hidden climate and health impacts of the global ecommerce-driven parcel delivery industry through 2030
Delivery van with packages

Global e-commerce is expected to reach US $6.3 trillion in 2023, and continue growing to over US 8.1 trillion in 2026.3 Millions of purchases mean millions of parcels. And that means millions of deliveries – millions of vehicles clogging up streets, our lungs and the environment. The damage these fossil fuel-powered fleets are doing to our health and climate is only just beginning to be understood.

The current sustainability commitments of five of the largest delivery companies – Amazon Logistics, DHL eCommerce Solutions, UPS, FedEx, Geopost – are insufficient to reach zero emission deliveries quickly. By comparison, the company Flipkart and its delivery company eKart has committed to a 100% zero emission fleet target by 2030 as part of EV100 – an initiative that works with companies to transition their vehicles – but they need to still map out and implement this commitment.

Commitments with 2040 and 2050 timelines are too late to avoid health and climate impacts. “Net-zero emissions” targets allow companies to offset emissions; however this cannot replace needed emissions reductions and fossil fuel phase-outs. A “zero emissions” target is the most ambitious, meaning companies must eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions.

We have built upon our July 2022 report, “Revealing the Secret Emissions of E-Commerce” with further projections about the negative consequences we can expect by 2030 if Amazon and other companies don’t make commitments to be making 100% zero emission deliveries by 2030.

Tell Amazon to switch to zero-emissions shipping

If we can convince Amazon, the biggest and most influential delivery company in the world, to move to zero emissions deliveries, then we’ll drive change across the whole sector.

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