Sustainable UPS Package Hubs In Hamburg Receive Makeover

DE 12/10/19


  • The Hamburg concept is the model for UPS’s sustainable delivery solutions in more than 30 cities worldwide
  • UPS City Logistics sustainable parcel delivery solutions have been reducing emissions since 2012
  • Two containers serving as ‘micro-depots’ have now been given a fresh design makeover

UPS (NYSE:UPS), a global leader in logistics, and the City of Hamburg today announced the redesign of two mini package hubs in Hamburg, Germany. The city is the birthplace of the UPS City Logistics’ sustainable delivery model, now used in more than 30 cities worldwide.

“The changeover to deliveries using cargo eBikes, as part of the UPS City Logistics project, is an important step in reducing the environmental impact of parcel deliveries,” says Rainer Kiehl, City Logistics Co-initiator & Manager at UPS Germany in Hamburg. “For alternative distribution processes to succeed, it is vital to develop commercially sustainable structures. Since 2012, UPS has championed electric vehicles and e-pedal options for parcel delivery services in Germany, to reduce congestion in densely populated areas” he added.

The containers, located at Bei der Stadtwassermühle and Welckerstrasse, have been given a fresh new design, reflecting the cultural, durable and eco-friendly themes of the City of Hamburg and UPS City Logistics. They are part of UPS’s successful ‘micro-depots’, which are stocked with parcels each morning. The parcels are then delivered to their final destinations on foot, with the aid of handcarts or using cargo eBikes, significantly reducing the need for traditional delivery vehicles in the city.

"We are delighted that UPS’s sustainable parcel delivery project in Hamburg has become the model for worldwide expansion," says Senator Michael Westhagemann, President of the Department of Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation in Hamburg. "The use of micro-depots and cargo eBikes to distribute parcels minimises the number of delivery vehicles needed in the city centre. That's why we are happy to explore how we can expand this initiative and support UPS with their sustainable projects in the future" he added.

A 2016 study by the Hamburg School of Business Administration found that the UPS City Logistics project saves around 78,000 km per year, as well as 14,000 litres of diesel, 37 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) and the associated additional pollutants involved in using diesel. This was based on an average of 1,000 deliveries and 400 parcel collections per day made by ten UPS parcel service workers.

Since UPS began the Hamburg project in 2012, it has rolled out UPS City Logistics to more German cities, including Frankfurt, Munich, Dortmund, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Offenbach and Oldenburg. Internationally, the concept has been introduced in London, Paris, Dublin, Toulouse, the Belgian city of Leuven and Portland, Ore., in the U.S.

Of the remaining delivery vehicles in Hamburg, UPS is now using 21 purely electric-powered 7.5 tonne class delivery vehicles that were previously diesel. UPS deployed its first retrofitted e-delivery vehicle in 2010 and has continually added to its electric vehicle fleet since.

UPS pursues the principle of ‘rolling laboratories’ to discover which alternative fuels and cutting-edge technology vehicles are best suited for different routes and areas of operation on a worldwide basis. The global UPS fleet currently comprises over 10,000 low-emission vehicles, including ethanol, electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles. To support its aim in reducing emissions, UPS has set itself the target of sourcing 40% of the energy needed for its delivery vehicles from low-carbon or alternative fuels by 2025.

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