A new environmentally friendly courier service is launching in London and across the UK on February 28th. Green Courier is set to introduce a wide range of low and zero emission delivery vehicles, operating as a Carbon Balanced business and ensuring minimal impact on the environment.
The new venture is backed by Churchill Express, London’s largest independent courier company, trading for more than 45 years and staffed by a senior management team that share decades of experience in the rapid despatch market.
The company works with the World Land Trust, a UK-based international nonprofit conservation organisation, taking direct action to save rainforests and other wildlife habitats.
Green Courier has invested heavily in a comprehensive range of low and zero emission vehicles, including one of the largest bicycle fleets in the country (both pedal and electric) and a motorcycle division that utilises the Honda NC700s, a new breed of low emission motorcycle designed specifically for the courier market. The Honda motorcycles deliver a class-leading mile per gallon ratio and produce less than half the emissions allowed under the current Euro 3 regulations.
In line with its pioneering approach of delivering sustainable solutions to the rapid despatch market, Green Courier is the first UK courier company to utilise the Mia U for commercial use. The 95% recyclable, zero-emission electric van is produced by Mia Electrics, a French manufacturer at the forefront of electric vehicle production.
Green Courier keeps a record of all residual carbon emissions that it is responsible for, and then offsets the emissions using the World Land Trust’s Carbon Balanced Programme, in operation since 2005. Offsetting is a process whereby an individual or company takes action to prevent the release of emissions elsewhere, or secures the absorption of atmospheric carbon, of an amount that matches or exceeds their own unavoidable emissions.
Under Carbon Balanced, World Land Trust’s local partners secure forested areas of very high conservation value threatened with clearance, placing them under permanent protection. Currently, it targets the buffer zone of the Podocarpus National Park on the slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes. In terms of emissions avoided, it aims for a minimum 50% safety margin. More details are available at www.worldlandtrust.org/eco-services.
To demonstrate their environmental commitment, Green Courier customers can also opt for retrospective charges applied to jobs that need carbon-producing vehicles. This money will also contribute to the Carbon Balanced Programme.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Real progress has been made in improving London’s air quality in recent years and our capital’s businesses have a hugely important role to play in helping us reduce emissions even further. Green Courier, with its low and zero emission delivery vehicles, is doing exactly that and I wish them every success for the future.”
To mark the launch of the new Green Courier service the company will be touring central London in an assortment of its brightly coloured vehicles, distributing promotional material that further explains the business.
Commenting on the launch of the Green Courier service, co-founder Damian Milson, said: “We’re extremely proud to be launching a new level of sustainable solutions to the same day, next day and multi-drop despatch business.”
“It has taken a great deal of planning and investment to bring this ambitious project from concept to launch,” he added. “Developments in electric vehicle performance, combined with working with the World Land Trust, provides the perfect opportunity to introduce a comprehensive environmentally friendly service in a market that has traditionally had a high carbon output.”