Olympic champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton has officially opened parcel delivery firm DPD’s first ‘net zero carbon in construction’ building.
DPD claims the ‘eco-depot’, based in Bicester, will have a 40% reduction in carbon emissions from its previous Bicester depot.
The site includes 10 bicycles for staff to use on their commute, which Ms Pendleton remarked was a step in the right direction: “I was really happy to see DPD providing bikes for their staff to go to and from work on and I wish them all the best in their drive to be the UK’s most sustainable delivery company.”
In addition to the bikes, the site also holds 30 electric vehicle (EV) charging points, as well as 16 EVs and 33 electric vans.
DPD has stated the new depot makes Oxford its first ‘green city’ – being served entirely by all-electric and zero emission delivery vehicles.
DPD’s Head of CSR, Olly Craughan, commented: “The building is a key part of our wider plan to deliver to 25 of the largest towns and cities in the UK by only eco-friendly means.
“This joined up approach ensures we really are doing our bit to reduce emissions and congestion in and around the city centre and it is a concept we are keen to follow elsewhere.”