6 Jul Olympic champion officially opens our cutting-edge Bicester eco-depot

DPD UK welcomed Olympic champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton to the official opening of our brand new, cutting-edge eco-depot in Bicester, Oxford.

Victoria is a double Olympic champion and nine-time world champion in track cycling. She is also a long-time champion of green and sustainable initiatives. As well as officially opening the new Bicester eco-depot, she also launched our new green travel plan for staff which includes providing top of the range DPD branded bikes for commuting, with the aim of cutting city-centre traffic congestion and improving air quality.

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What are the green credentials of our new eco-depot?  

The new Bicester eco-depot is the first in our network to be constructed with net-zero carbon emissions. Based at Symmetry Park in Bicester, the eco-depot sustainable credentials are backed by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).

Staff will move into the 60,000 sq. ft eco-depot when it’s fully operational and we expect around 250 new jobs to be created.

Explains Head of CSR Olly Craughan: “The new Bicester eco-depot will be the greenest and most sustainable facility in our UK network. It’s an incredible building in its own right. But what it allows us to do is even more significant.”

Larger, more technologically advanced, and far more sustainable, the new eco-depot will continue to serve the current area. This includes the city of Oxford, which is one of the 25 cities identified in our 25-25-25 strategy. Thanks to the green credentials of the new eco-depot, we can work in a much more sustainable way on-site and provide a totally emission-free delivery service for businesses and residents in the area.

What makes the new Bicester Eco-Depot fully sustainable?

Right from the start, the scheme was designed and managed with zero carbon and low energy design principles incorporated. Here are some of the new site’s green credentials and reasons why Bicester represents such an exciting development for DPD’s sustainability goals.

  • 10% reduction in heating and cooling demand.
  • 40% reduction in carbon emissions.
  • 5% reduction in overall energy demand.

To achieve this, the building design incorporates the following:

  • Air source heat pumps for heating and cooling purposes.
  • Solar panels totalling 25% of the useable roof area (517 m2).
  • 70% improvement in building airtightness due to the materials and design processes used.

Of course, we’ve also included electric vehicle (EV) charging points, with 30 available on site for both staff and visitors. There are also ducts leading to the car park and service yard to allow installation of more charging points for electric HGV, van and other vehicles in future. Currently, there are 16 EVs used as part of the DPD fleet, and we’ll be taking delivery of 33 of the latest EVs (the MAXUS eDELIVER) very soon.

A significant step on our journey towards total sustainability

Expanding our EV fleet in the UK is just one part of the strategy that will continue our path towards becoming the most sustainable parcel delivery company in the world. The new vehicles at Bicester are part of an order of 750 eDelivery vans, which will double our fleet by the end of the year.

As well as decarbonising our delivery fleet, DPD’s Green Vision includes:

  1. Expanding Project Breathe to measure air quality in more cities across the UK.
  2. Expanding the network of all-electric city centre micro-depots.
  3. Removing single-use plastics.
  4. Changing our packaging to be 100% recyclable and made from 80% reclaimed material.

DPD leads the way towards sustainability for delivery companies with our 25-25-25 vision. By 2025, we will deliver to businesses and residents in 25 cities in the UK using zero emissions.

Bicester’s new eco-depot makes Oxford the first of the 25 cities to go live as DPD’s first ‘green city’. It will be completely served by our fleet of all-electric, zero-emission delivery vehicles.

Olly says: “This our 37th new, purpose-built facility over the last ten years, and by far our most ambitious. The building is part of our wider plan to deliver to 25 of the biggest towns and cities in the UK using entirely eco-friendly means.”

This coherent approach to reducing emissions and pollution, improving air quality and ensuring excellent customer service to businesses and residents alike is a concept DPD will continue to follow in cities and towns around the country.