24. September 2021 | Press release
DPD Portugal is the first express operator to deliver 100% of its orders in Lisbon with zero-emission vehicles
European Mobility Week marks the start of vehicle circulation in the capital
55 Mercedes-Benz Vans 100% electric eSprinter vehicles are now circulating for the delivery of DPD parcels, representing a 87% reduction in current CO2 and 84% NOx emissions and avoiding close to 330 tonnes of polluting gases per year.
For Olivier Establet, CEO of DPD,
“We are certain that we have marked an extremely important step in DPDgroup's green strategy, once again showing the pioneering spirit we have had in our country in matters of sustainable development. After installing and offering, in 2019, an air quality measurement system to Lisboners that can be consulted upon receipt of their order, as well as, in 2020, two City trees that contributed to the cleaning of ambient air, the total decarbonization of our deliveries in the city of Lisbon is a giant step that fulfills our ambition of being the leader in sustainable deliveries on the ground. But we are not going to stop there, and we are also preparing the decarbonization of the city of Porto, among other measures to reduce the environmental impact in the delivery of orders that we will take care of in due course.”
Francisco Ferreira, President of Associação Zero, regarding this process that is starting today, says that :
“Larger cities such as Lisbon and Porto have serious problems in complying with the limit values for certain pollutants, mainly nitrogen dioxide resulting from road traffic associated with internal combustion vehicles. There is still a significant loss of life expectancy, in addition to causing or aggravating respiratory diseases, and also affecting the environment. In a city, companies with associated fleets, namely in distribution, given the high number of kilometers travelled, have an even greater significance in the measures they take when starting to use emission-free vehicles. ZERO considers that DPD, by guaranteeing an all-electric fleet in Lisbon this year, sets an important milestone in the effort to reduce air pollution and to decarbonise that other companies and entities must follow. The transition to electric mobility is an enormous asset for reducing air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, in addition to significantly reducing noise”.
The supply of these vehicles is made possible by the provision of Repsol charging bases at DPD's premises in Lisbon, a solution that reflects the company's multi-energy offer and the company's vision of a Single Customer. For Armando Oliveira, Managing Director of Repsol Portuguesa:
“The cooperation between Repsol, DPD Portugal and Mercedes-Benz Vans Portugal takes on added meaning and symbolism. The solution found is a clear demonstration of Repsol's alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely the 17, partnerships in favor of the goals, which, by the way, will allow the pursuit of other SDGs, such as, for example, the SDG 7 "Clean and accessible energy", SDG 11 "Sustainable cities and communities", and SDG 13 "Fighting climate change", which are preponderant goals throughout our strategic definition. Today, we celebrate an important moment and demonstrate how intra- and inter-sectorial synergies will allow us to overcome the planet's most pressing challenges”.
Mário Neves, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans Portugal, points out that :
“The availability of these 100% electric powered eSprinter vehicles reflects the global strategy of Mercedes-Benz in environmental sustainability without local emissions, with a special focus in the cities. The consolidation of the 100% electric vehicle range of Mercedes-Benz Vans will take place as early as 2022, with the launch of the eCitan, dedicated to the transport of goods and specially designed to meet the traffic requirements in urban centers, which combines a cargo space generous to the incorporation of state-of-the-art technology, in which advanced security and connectivity systems stand out.”
To mark the Mobility Week, the solution presented by DPD Portugal, Mercedes-Benz Vans and Repsol for the decarbonization of deliveries in the city of Lisbon was present in Praça da Figueira, between the 16th and 19th of September,
About DPD Portugal
DPD Portugal, the leading company in the domestic express transport market, has 15 stations (Vila Real, Porto, Maia, Guarda, Viseu, Coimbra, Leiria, Torres Novas, Póvoa de Santa Iria, Lisbon, Corroios, Sintra, Évora, Faro and Funchal) and a fleet of more than 700 distribution vehicles. It employs 1,200 employees.
DPD Portugal has been the pilot of several initiatives in the green strategy within the DPDgroup, with the city of Lisbon being the stage for actions such as Air Diag, launched in June 2019, which allows Lisbon residents to know the air quality at their doorstep , thanks to the hundreds of sensors we have installed in our vehicles and pickup stores. More recently, DPD Portugal received the pilot project City Trees, wooden structures made up of moss walls, which were installed between September 2020 and January this year on Avenida da Ribeira das Naus and which enabled the production of around 4 tonnes oxygen in your area of intervention.
All of these actions are part of the DPDgroup's commitment to reduce the environmental footprint in the 200 main European cities, and by 2025 the goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by 89% in cities where it operates and pollutants by 80% in relation to 2020.
About Mercedes-Benz AG
Mercedes-Benz AG is responsible for the worldwide activity of the Mercedes-Benz Cars and Mercedes-Benz Vans divisions, with around 170,000 employees worldwide. The company focuses its activities on the development, production and sale of light passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles and vehicle related services. Additionally, the company aims to lead in the electric mobility and vehicle software segments. The product portfolio encompasses the Mercedes-Benz brand and the Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach, Mercedes-EQ, G-Class sub-brands as well as the smart brand. The Mercedes brand gives me access to Mercedes-Benz digital services. Mercedes-Benz AG continues to expand its production network around the world with around 35 production plants on four continents, while preparing to meet the requirements of electric mobility. Simultaneously, the company is currently building and expanding its worldwide battery production network on three continents. Sustainability is the guiding principle of the Mercedes-Benz strategy and for the company this means creating lasting value for all stakeholders: customers, employees, investors, business partners and society as a whole. The basis for achieving this end is Daimler's sustainable business strategy. In this way, the company takes responsibility for the economic, ecological, and social effects of its business activities and considers the entire value chain.
Repsol is an international multi-energy company committed to the energy transition and the development of efficient and sustainable solutions capable of meeting the needs of its customers. In 2019, it set a goal of being a company with zero net CO2 emissions in 2050, being the first company in the sector to announce the plan.
Present throughout the entire energy value chain, Repsol employs 24,000 people and distributes its products in almost 100 countries to meet the energy needs of its 24 million customers. With a significant presence in Portugal since 1990, it is one of the 10 largest national companies. Repsol develops its activity in the Industrial areas, specifically in Chemistry, where it is one of the 10 largest exporters in the country, in the Commercial areas, through around 500 Service Stations, LPG, Lubricants, Asphalts and other specialized products, Aviation and Marine. It is also present in the Renewables sector, through WindFloat Atlantic (first floating wind farm in Continental Europe), and other wind projects.