Parcel delivery company Doddle has warned that consumers should be wary of the carbon intensity of increased delivery services throughout November and December, with around 41,500 vans needed to deliver parcels to homes during these months.

Analysis from the company has revealed that switching to a “click and collect” service would reduce the number of delivery vans on the road by 78%

Doddle’s chief executive Tim Robinson said: “Click and collect is to delivery, what Tesla is to driving. Consumers choosing to click and collect their Christmas orders are choosing the carbon light delivery option that will help the UK remove more delivery vans off our roads than any other initiative. We’re looking forward to doing our part to make 2016 the greenest Christmas yet.”

Switching to a click and collect service such as Doddle’s would not only clear the majority of vans off the road but would cut carbon emissions equivalent to planting 12.8 million Christmas trees over the festive period. Based on Doddle’s calculations, it takes 15 minutes to deliver four parcels to individual homes, the same time it takes to deliver 50 parcels to one of Doddle’s parcel consolidation points.

So what about the carbon emissions from customers driving to collect their parcels? Doesn’t that cancel out any of the savings? No, because, in reality, the vast majority of click and collect purchases are collected during normal shopping trips rather than a dedicated journey being made, so no additional traffic or carbon emissions are created!

Sharing economy

With traditional parcel delivery accounting for a large carbon footprint, the concept of a sharing economy can help drive down the number of delivery vehicles on roads in order to reduce emissions