Today’s Pickup: Last-mile delivery growth will increase carbon emissions by 30% by 2030

Last-mile delivery growth will increase carbon emissions by 30% by 2030 (Photo: Shutterstock)

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A study published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) found that the growth in last-mile deliveries over the next decade will lead to slower transits and higher emissions in major cities across the world. The report forecasts a 36% rise in the number of delivery vehicles in the world’s top 100 cities by 2030, leading to an emissions increase of over 30%. This congestion will amount to 11 minutes of extra commute time per passenger every day. 

The growing popularity of e-commerce in recent years and the evolution of consumer expectations have pushed last-mile delivery networks to the limelight, as e-commerce companies see business sense in expedited delivery. WEF estimates that by 2025, same-day deliveries will account for 15% of all products delivered via e-commerce in the U.S.

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Tesla’s overall vehicle registrations nearly halved in California during the fourth quarter. The massive drop comes as a tax credit for Tesla buyers ended in 2019. It had fallen to $3,750 at the start of the year and had halved to $1,875 in July.


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Using SafetyDirect, fleet operators can gain comprehensive feedback on their fleets and drivers, along with videos of severe driving events. The feedback enables fleet management to identify common driver behaviors and trends across their operations, which can significantly help improve the overall safety of their fleets.

Hammer down, everyone!