I think that most would agree that reducing the number of delivery vans constantly circulating on our busy streets would be a very desirable outcome. This would arguably be even more attractive than replacing petrol vans with EV vans, especially as it relieves traffic congestion. This reduction in delivery vans is precisely what parcel lockers can deliver. I live in London (where Lockars is launching its first parcel locker) and am quite familiar with the current situation here.
A recent Mckinsey Study on Urban Logistics found parcel lockers to be one of main contributors to reducing CO2 emissions and traffic congestion. The chart below summarizes their conclusion that the consolidation opportunity that parcel lockers provide would result in a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions due to the reduction of delivery vehicles required.
For those of you interested in the analysis, all the data and assumptions are included below, with the conclusion being that in London a large network of 5,500 parcel lockers would reduce circulating vans by 4,500 and CO2 emissions by 26 million kg’s per year.
No effective solution can be implemented as quickly. What is required is the support of the local and central governments to give this initiative the same priority that EV charging locations have been given. In fact, combining these two complementary initiatives would be by far the greatest win for the local communities!
Source: An integrated perspective on the future of mobility, part 2: Transforming urban delivery , McKinsey Center for Business and Environment | September 2017
Current Status in London (2020 data)
- Annual home delivery volume: 630 million packages
- Daily average: 2 million packages
- Delivery vans: 22,000 circulating per day
- Avg kilometers per van per year 40,000
- Avg CO2 emissions for a van per KM 145 g
- Avg CO2 emissions per van per year 5.8 million grams or 5,800 kg
Transformation in a London with Lockers
If London had a dense network of lockers 300m from every home, 5,500 lockers would be required. Assuming that 30% of the volume would be converted to locker deliveries as a consequence of close proximity to the homes, lower delivery prices from the carriers, and the consumers recognizing the sustainability benefits of lockers, then we would have the following transformed situation:
- Annual home delivery volume: 441 million
- Daily home delivery volume: 1.4 million
- Annual parcel locker delivery volume: 189 million
- Daily parcel locker delivery volume: 610,000
- Total delivery vans 17,500 or a reduction of 4,500 vans per day or 26 million kg of CO2
- Avg parcels delivered per van would increase from 90 to 114 per day
 An integrated perspective on the future of mobility, part 2: Transforming urban delivery , McKinsey Center for Business and Environment | September 2017