19. April 2021 | Press release

100 parcels a day arrive emission-free: in Darmstadt DPD is delivering by cargo bike

Darmstadt, 20 April 2021 – DPD Germany is now delivering parcels with zero local emissions in Darmstadt, too. With effect to the end of 2021 the municipality has provided the international parcel and express service provider with space in the Technisches Rathaus building for a so-called 'micro-depot'. This makes Darmstadt DPD's second micro-depot location in the Rhine-Main region, after Hanau. Initially one cargo bike will be deployed to deliver up to 100 parcels a day in the Bessungen district of the city.

For the micro-depot DPD has set up a lockable container at the Technisches Rathaus on an area covering five parking spaces, which is used as a parcel transhipment point and as a parking area for the cargo bike. In Darmstadt DPD is once again using the electrified MovR bike, which can travel at speeds of up to 25 km/h and is fitted with interchangeable boxes that can be flexibly and quickly attached to the bike. When a box is empty the driver simply exchanges it for a full one at the micro-depot, which means that parcels can be sorted and boxes filled in advance, an advantage over bikes with a fixed transport box.

The Bessungen delivery area has an ideal consignee structure: "The location of the micro-depot is ideally suited for cargo bike deliveries. It's in the middle of an area that has lots of private consignees as well as small businesses," says Gerd Seber, Group Manager City Logistics & Sustainability at DPD Germany. This means that a high stop density is achieved over short distances - ideal for vehicles with a limited range. Drivers can also use cycle paths during their route and ride their cargo bikes right up to the front door. "This reduces walking distances and the number of parcels delivered is the same or even greater than with conventional delivery vans," says Seber.


The cargo bike has established itself as an alternative to the van

Speed is no longer the only thing that counts in everyday deliveries. Parcel shippers and consignees are also increasingly demanding sustainable and environmentally friendly delivery services. As early as 2012 DPD Germany committed itself to carbon-neutral parcel shipping at no extra cost to customers. The company has also been using cargo bikes for years in order to deliver more and more parcels free from emissions along the last mile. The bikes are in use in Hamburg, Berlin, Hanau and Leipzig, among other cities. DPD Germany is also involved in projects in which micro-depot facilities are made available in central urban areas for shared use with other parcel service providers. One such project was set up in Dortmund in January 2021. Containers were erected in the centrally located Ostwall district and are used as a cargo bike hub by various parcel service providers. DPD currently has around 30 cargo bikes and TRIPL electric three-wheelers stationed throughout Germany.


Low-emission delivery in 23 German cities by 2025

DPDgroup is committed to its responsibility towards the planet and towards people. Accordingly in October 2020 a new Green Delivery strategy was announced. Its goal is to introduce low-emission delivery in 225 European cities by 2025. This should result in 89% less CO2 and an 80% reduction in pollutants on 2020 figures. At the heart of this is a delivery model that rethinks urban delivery across the board – featuring not only micro-depots and city depots, but also using alternative delivery methods and locally emission-free drive systems. In Germany DPD is gradually implementing this objective in 23 inner cities: Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn, Bremen, Cologne, Dortmund, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Hamm, Hanover, Kiel, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg, Oberhausen, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden and Wuppertal. The company's declared aim is to become Europe's most sustainable parcel service provider.

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Peter Rey

Group Manager Communications

Image: DPD is now delivering parcels in the Bessungen district of Darmstadt using a Rytle MovR cargo bike. Up to 100 parcels a day are delivered free from local emissions.