The EcoZone project aims to create a blueprint for sustainable urban logistics that will provide a path to emission-free last-mile deliveries in Belgian cities by 2030.
bpost and Mechelen partnered and launched an urban sandbox to test efficient, emission-free last-mile operations, and pilot sustainable new services. A dense network of parcel lockers was added to the existing pick-up and drop-off point. This creates a walkable network, stimulating inhabitants to leave their car aside. To increase circular economy, reusable packages were tested. The entire fleet (65 vehicles) is replaced by EVs and cargo-bike-trailers. A micro hub was added to further consolidate the parcel flows in-and out of the city. And the first tests with a city hub are being set up.
This first EcoZone represents the first City Blueprint for emission-free delivery in Belgium, and achieved zero-emission delivery in April 2021.
Compared to the former business as usual, bpost now has 65 EV, 9 e-bike-cargo-trailers, 22 e-bikes, 2 electric parcel vans, 1 light electric vehicle, 49 additional locations with parcel lockers without screen, 97% less CO2, 77% less air pollution, 164 km/day less driven, 49% noise reduction.
MEET THE TEAM
Hanne De Kesel, Paul Davies, Stephanie Warreyn, Johan Peeters, Pieter Baert, Dries Van Bever, Eveline Devriendt, Annie Stewart.
In the meantime the team has expanded to include the following members (not in the picture) to the Ecozone team: Pierre Fils, Eline Camerlinck, Steven Gerard, Bouchra Khairoun, Gergory Perez, Hugues De Schrevel, Paul Vanwambeke, Kris De Schepper, Els Renders, Frank D’Hondt.
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