- Kate Whiting
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.