As the demand for consumer goods has grown exponentially, so too has our hunger for increasingly shorter delivery times. It would seem that in the modern world, once we’ve decided we want something, we want it immediately.

You’d have to have been living under a rock not to notice the sheer number of delivery vans, trucks and lorries on our roads. This could be about to change however, as more and more companies are looking for greener alternatives to the traditional delivery van.

However, are these energy efficient alternatives really worth the money? It’s well worth considering all the factors involved.

What are the options?

If a customer wants a delivery, the easiest way to do it is to put their parcel on a lorry. The trouble with lorries however, is that they aren’t pumping out the cleanest of emissions and many businesses are starting to realise that going green is what their customers want.

So, if you’re going to make more eco-friendly deliveries, what are your options?

Pedal power – the most obvious green way to make a delivery is to get on your bike, or in the case of most businesses, use a bicycle courier service. With no carbon emissions or recharging stations to worry about, this is the ultimate eco-friendly way to deliver goods.

Is it worth it?

For local deliveries this option works fantastically well and customers quite like the novelty of having their goods delivered in an old fashioned way. London Green Cycles have partnered with four London boroughs in a bid to help local businesses deliver to customers in a creative and energy efficient manner.

Electric vehicleselectric light goods vehicles are another option that’s becoming increasingly common in cities such as Bristol, where goods are collected at ‘consolidation warehouses’ and then sent out in electric vehicles to their destinations. It means less traffic, less carbon emissions and shorter delivery times. What’s not to like?

Is it worth it? Bristol City Council has reported a total saving of 140,936 vehicle miles since the scheme began, which is no mean feat. If electric vehicles are an option in your area then they are definitely a viable way to reduce your business energy consumption.

With more businesses than ever before doing their best to boost their green credentials, it’s important to consider your eco-friendly policies if you want to stay ahead of the game. Maybe it’s time to ditch the delivery van and start getting training tips from Bradley Wiggins!

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