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Online shopping is polluting the planet - but it's not too late


  • Demand for urban last-mile delivery is expected to grow 78% by 2030, leading to 36% more delivery vehicles in 100 cities around the world.

  • Deliveries will cause related emissions to rise by nearly one-third and add 11 minutes to each passenger’s commute.

  • A new report analyses possible interventions including droids, electric vehicles and parcel lockers.

A growing consumer appetite for convenience – getting anything you want delivered to your front door by tomorrow in just one click – is taking its toll on the environment.

To meet this demand, there could be 36% more e-commerce delivery vehicles driving around inner cities by the end of the decade – meaning more emissions, pollution and congestion.

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