New research by CouriersPlease has revealed 85 per cent of Australian consumers want retailers and brands to be more transparent about the origins and sustainability of their products and whether they are engaging in ethical practices.
Australia Post has achieved its 2020 environmental targets during its busiest period on record, reducing carbon emissions by 25 per cent and diverting 100,000 tonnes of material from landfill.
A new self-service digital textile collection service has been launched, allowing Aussie households to have their unwanted old clothes, shoes and textiles picked up from home.
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One of Australia’s largest online fashion retailers has announced it will start transitioning to delivery satchels made from 100 per cent post-consumer plastic waste.
Australia Post has announced that 100 per cent of its entire range of plastic satchels will be made from recycled materials.
Eight companies have moved towards sustainable ocean freight by signing the Ocean Conservancy’s Arctic Shipping Pledge.
DHL Express, Ford and electric vehicle maker StreetScooter have announced their collaboration on a new electric delivery vehicle.
The new “H2 Panel Van” will become the first 4.25 tonne electric vehicle with an added fuel cell, which will provide additional power and enable a range up to 500 kilometres.
In a first step, DHL Express has ordered 100 of the fuel cell vehicles, with delivery expected from 2020 through 2021.
For Markus Reckling, CEO DHL Express Germany, the new van fits in to the Group’s larger environmental goals. “With the H2 Panel Van, DHL Express becomes the first express provider to use a larger number of electric vehicles with fuel cells for last-mile logistics. This underscores our aspiration to be not only the fastest and most reliable provider on the market, but also the most climate friendly,” he says.
“We firmly believe that fuel cells will play an increasing role in electric-powered transport, since they can give battery electric vehicles the kind of range that is so important for so many customers,” says Schmitt. “With the Panel Van, StreetScooter begins yet another chapter in its proud history of innovation and enters into a new growth phase,” Fabian Schmitt, Chief Technical Officer at StreetScooter GmbH said.
The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as part of its National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP II).
FedEx has announced it is expanding its fleet to add 1,000 Chanje V8100 electric delivery vehicles. FedEx is purchasing 100 of the vehicles from Chanje Energy Inc and leasing 900 from Ryder System, Inc.
The purpose-built electric vehicles will be operated by FedEx Express for commercial and residential pick-up and delivery services in the United States.
“FedEx continually seeks new ways to maximise operational efficiency, minimise impacts and find innovative solutions through the company’s Reduce, Replace, Revolutionise approach to sustainability,” said Mitch Jackson, FedEx Chief Sustainability Officer. “Our investment in these vehicles is part of our commitment to that approach of serving our customers and connecting the world responsibly and resourcefully.”
The vehicles are manufactured by FDG in Hangzhou, China, and purchased through Chanje Energy Inc., the company’s subsidiary for global business. Ryder System, Inc. will provide support services for all of the vehicles.
The EVs can travel more than 150 miles when fully charged and have the potential to help FedEx save two thousand gallons of fuel while avoiding 20 tons of emissions per vehicle each year. The maximum cargo capacity is around 6,000 pounds. All of the EVs will be operated in California.
FedEx has been using all-electric vehicles as part of its pickup-and-delivery fleet since 2009. We believe that wider adoption of alternative-fuel, electric and hybrid electric vehicles will play a key role in reducing global emissions, while diversifying and expanding renewable energy solutions.
Supply-chain load-equipment company CHEP Australia, part of global supply chain solutions company Brambles Limited, has been ranked in the top five per cent of all suppliers assessed for sustainability by independent, global agency EcoVadis.
CHEP Australia was awarded ‘Gold Level’ for its approach to environmental management, labour and fair business practices and its sustainable procurement of strategic materials.
EcoVadis assesses 35,000 suppliers from 99 countries across 150 business sectors, considering ethical, social environmental risks of its customers’ supplier base. Its methodology is built on international corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards, including the Global Reporting Initiative, the United Nations Global Compact and ISO 26000, covering 150 spend categories and 140 countries.
“Each function in CHEP Australia sets a high standard for responsible business practice, and collectively this makes CHEP a great business,” said Lachlan Feggans, Senior Manager – Sustainability, Asia Pacific at CHEP.
“We are extremely proud to receive this recognition for our efforts in Corporate Social Responsibility. We are a sustainable business and, as the leader in sustainable supply chains, our actions don’t go unnoticed.
“This is all thanks to our share-and-reuse business model, our end-to-end collaboration with key partners and the passion of our employees for making the world a better place.”