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Fleet mileage and emissions

Our delivery fleet is responsible for 61% of

overall CO2 emissions and as such, is the

obvious choice of area to tackle if we are going

to significantly reduce carbon impacts. How we

achieve this, beyond increasing our Euro VI

engines, reducing engine idling and

maximising efficiency of routes (all of which

we're already doing) however, is less obvious.

A change to our fleet and fuel requires

significant investment and we need to be sure

that our choice is truly sustainable and not

inadvertently adding to another issue, for

example the significant use of ecologically

damaging palm oil in biofuels, or causing

operational issues in cold weather. A SWOT

analysis of different fuel types has shown that

HVO (Hydro-treated Veg Oil) is operationally

the most feasible alternative, but at the time of

writing, its cost is 30% higher, and it also uses

palm oil as a key ingredient. EU legislation

requires that the use of palm oil in fuel is

decreased from 2023 and is eradicated by

2030, so there is a great deal of uncertainty as

to both the cost, overall environmental impact

and the future sourcing of raw materials for this

fuel. We are continuing to investigate

alternative fuels and are keeping a close eye

on the evolution of fuel technologies.

We had plans to increase the percentage of

Euro VI engines beyond the current 66.93%

within 2019/20, however the Covid-19

pandemic has delayed our production

schedule by approximately six months until


Reducing engine idling remains an objective;

we continued our downward trend, achieving

10.62% this past year, versus 11.05% in


We are also using an electric vehicle in our

Battersea depot.

Investing in infrastructure

Click here to find out

how we invested in our

infrastructure to lessen

environmental impacts



[1] CO2e per case went up in 2019/20 due to a 19%

drop in volume against the previous year due to


[1] Water consumption figures impacted by estimated

consumption versus actual consumption re-calibration

reflected in 2019/20 invoices.

[1] This huge rise is due to 400+ vans hired or leased

from sister companies for delivery of care packs to

residential addresses.

[1] Far higher than normal due to Covid-19 care pack



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