DPD invests £40m in new London depot

DPD said its new sortation centre in Bromley-By-Bow will enable it to deliver 80,000 ‘green’ parcels into London every day.

The £40m eco-regional depot was officially opened by transport secretary Mark Harper (pictured with Elaine Kerr, DPD UK chief executive) who praised the investment for helping to drive the UK’s green economic growth.

DPD said the new facility – the size of eight-and-a-half football pitches – will create 650 new jobs when fully operational in the new year and will mean that its delivery service within the north and south circular area will be all-electric.

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Boosting its green credentials further, the 430-metre long conveyor system will sort all intra-London parcels for next-day delivery on-site, instead of them being trunked to the Midlands and back for sorting.

The site includes solar panels on the parking canopy to charge 500 EVs and a 40,000 litre HVO tank will enable DPD’s HGVs and 7.5-tonne trucks to fill-up with renewable biofuel.

Solar panels will be added to the main roof in the new year, which the parcel firm said could generate up to one million kWh to help power the entire building.

Added Kerr: “This investment represents another huge step towards our net zero goals and, I believe, demonstrates the new gold standard for a green parcel delivery operation in London, or any city.”

For more stories tracking the industry journey to decarbonisation see our new Freight Carbon Zero website.

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