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Woolies home delivery fleet gearing up for a greener future

A commitment to emission-free home deliveries by 2030 has earned grocery giant Woolworths a tick of approval from Greenpeace

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Greenpeace has suggested an upgrade to the marketing slogan of grocery giant Woolworths in the wake of its announcement today that it intends to upgrade its 1200-strong home delivery fleet from combustion engines to electric systems by 2030.

Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci has announced the company will add another 27 electric vehicles to its fleet this year, operating out of the company’s customer fulfilment centres in Caringbah and Mascot in Sydney.

He said the company was working with Foton and SAIC Motor on the trucks which will be required to do up to 20 deliveries at a time, with the extra challenge of having enough power to not only drive to and from customers, but also to keep goods refrigerated throughout the day.

The latest announcement forms part of a broader plan by Woolworths to have net positive carbon emissions from its business by 2050.

Other elements already in play include having 100 per cent of Woolworths’ own brand packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable by the end of this year and a plan to have the entire Woolworths Group operations powered by renewable electricity by 2025.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific senior campaigner Violette Snow says today’s electric vehicle announcement set a great example for others in the corporate world to follow.

“At the world looks to zero emissions, Woolworths is showing how businesses can play a vital role in addressing the climate crisis – by rapidly reducing emissions, setting new standards in sustainability, and showing what’s possible,” Snow says.

“Diesel trucking is a major contributor to air pollution and is fuelling serious health issues in communities like Maribyrnong, who have declared a health emergency to combat the issue.

“The country’s largest supermarket is leading the transition to 100 per cent wind and solar powered transport and marks a vital step in curbing climate pollution, benefitting both local communities and our planet.”

Woolworths has also committed to working with its suppliers to reduce carbon emissions in its supply chains as part of the journey.

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