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UPS is digging up vans in Dublin to test more sustainable (and smaller) alternatives



UPS is digging up vans in Dublin to test more sustainable (and smaller) alternatives

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Dublin is testing mini-distribution centers in the city, as well as motorized walkers and quad cycles, to enable deliveries to the city center that do not contribute to local emissions or traffic jams.

The pilot project is funded by the City Council of Dublin, Enterprise Ireland and the City Council of Belfast. The system was developed as part of a Challenge of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), which looked for new approaches to optimize deliveries.

In this way, the design and manufacturing consultancy Fernhay developed the containers, bicycles and walking aids for the global logistics service provider UPS for testing. The vehicles enable workers to deliver goods such as food, medicine and packages.

The hubs pick up shipments and distribute them for delivery with removable containers. With two of these mini distribution centers in Dublin, UPS claims to have taken five diesel vehicles off the road, thereby reducing CO2 emissions by up to 45 percent.

Owen Keegan, Chairman of the Dublin City Council, said: “Working together is key to addressing the challenges our city is currently facing. We are delighted that our transportation department and Smart City program are working with innovative partners such as Fernhay and UPS to address the last issue ̵

1; mile deliveries. This solution helps the city adapt to the COVID-19 situation by enabling foot and bicycle deliveries and preventing traffic jams from returning. “