Asda launches first carbon fibre delivery fleet

Date : 13 August 2020

Kathleen McLoughlin

Senior Supply Chain Analyst

As it aims to reduce carbon emissions and reduce the number of miles driven each day, Asda has launched a new fleet of carbon fibre delivery vans.

About the new fleet

The new carbon fiber fleet has a 10% improvement in miles per gallon and with an increased capacity inside, the 25 vans can deliver to more customers, reducing the number of miles driven and reducing carbon emissions.

In addition, the vans have been insulated with 5,500 recycled plastic water bottles, making them 300 kilograms lighter than the standard model.

The vans will be on roads across the UK, particularly in areas where drivers have increased mileage to reach customers in remote areas, such as parts of the East Coast.

Making carbon reduction a priority

The introduction of the new fleet is part of Asda’s commitment to making carbon reduction a priority across the business as it looks to tackle climate change.

Simon Gregg, Asda’s Vice President of Online Grocery Home Shopping said: “I’m really excited to launch this fleet of innovative and sustainable grocery home shopping vans which will make a real difference to cutting our carbon footprint.”

“As a business, we are constantly looking at ways we can reduce our carbon emissions, not just because we know that sustainability is important to our customers and colleagues, but because all of us have a responsibility, and it’s just the right thing to do, making improvements wherever we can.”

Asda has already reduced energy usage in stores by 20% and uses the same amount of energy now as it did in 2005, despite its estate having grown since 200% since then.

The retailer has committed to reducing its scope one and two emissions by 50% by 2025 and is working with suppliers to tackle climate change and food waste.

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