For logistics, sustainability usually implies looking at the transport types deployed and the carbon emissions generated. Although this is an excellent starting point, being able to look at the bigger picture and taking into account the role and responsibilities of the business as a whole, is imperative. At Stuart, we wholeheartedly recognise, as an organisation, that sustainable delivery is more than just an eco friendly fleet. 

3 key pillars will be discussed that we believe a logistics business like Stuart should focus on - (1) reducing CO2e emissions per delivery, (2) building a shared urban infrastructure and (3) building sustainable foundations beyond each delivery.

1. Reduce CO2e emissions per delivery

In order to satisfy consumers’ ever-rising desire to purchase online, emissions from traffic caused by delivery vehicles is planned to increase up to 32% and congestion by 21%, causing irreparable damage to our urban environments.

“At Stuart,” COO David Saenz states, “we know where we want to go: we want to lower the CO2e emission for each of our deliveries to the maximum.”

We have two tools at our disposal here: 

(1) reducing the emission of our fleets (reducing CO2e per mile), and 

(2) reducing the average distance a package travels (reducing miles per delivery).

“It is the combination of those two components that will result in effective CO2e emission reduction”, David continues

Green transportation is an exciting space, with huge momentum, continuously innovating and improving. Numerous exciting projects are being developed to deliver on this long term promise. We strongly believe success lies through partnerships. Partnerships to help couriers retrofit their vehicles, replacing petrol engines with electric engines, or helping transition to greener vehicles will be central to our strategy, as will partnerships with governments to help shape forward thinking policies on sustainability.

2. Build a shared urban infrastructure 

The traditional business model for retailers and logistics operators was for each to build and operate their own fleet of vehicles. Yet to be able to get providers to pool together clients’ volumes, would mean to optimise on three core logistical elements: routing, capacity and vehicles. 

To create cities that are less congested and polluted, building a tech stack and innovative delivery models that take these challenges into account, is at the heart of Stuart’s mission. 

Thanks to our B2B business model, we are creating a shared logistics infrastructure in urban centres across the UK, France, Spain and Poland, which any client can use, powered by smart routing algorithms, that optimise delivery routes and parcel distribution. 

Stuart’s Hub-to-Home model is one delivery solution that has been implemented to contribute towards a shared urban infrastructure. 

3. Create sustainable foundations beyond delivery 

Last, but by no means least, Stuart’s goal is to build a wider company infrastructure around the concept of sustainable cities, which not only incorporates green vehicles and innovative models as illustrated above, but also takes into account the main pillars that uphold the business: the courier fleet, our employees and the wider urban community. 

As Saenz states:

"We believe that sustainability will impact all for the better and it is important for all players - governments, businesses and citizens - to cooperate on this matter."

We’re at the tipping point for sustainability, and our aim is to show that not only can goods be transported and delivered in a sustainable, efficient and precise manner, but that an organisation like Stuart, when considering the three pillars outlined above, can play a much larger role in building a sustainable world. 

A more detailed report of the three pillars outlined above and how Stuart aligns with the UN Sustainability Goals can be found in Business Reporter and the UN 17 Global Goals website itself.

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