The home delivery boom is becoming unmanageable in London, the report warns

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nline shoppers should change their habits to improve sustainability as the e-commerce boom is set to become unmanageable in London, a new report has warned.

The think tank on Tuesday urged Sadiq Khan to work with delivery companies to install up to 10,000 parcel pick-up points or lockers across London and encourage customers not to opt for home delivery.

One recommendation in the report is to introduce an online sales tax for home delivery to encourage businesses and customers to get the most out of pick-up or drop-off locations.

Vehicles carrying freight account for 25 per cent of London’s CO2 emissions from transport, despite accounting for only 15 per cent of the kilometers traveled, but the Center for London has warned that this could increase as the number of packages delivered in London is expected to double in 2030.

Nicolas Bosetti, Head of Data and Insights at the Center for London, said: “Londoners like the convenience of doorstep deliveries, but the way we currently move most of our goods is associated with high costs for our health, climate and for the companies and workers who need to use our roads to get around.

“Many delivery companies already have plans to make their journeys more sustainable, but we need to encourage them to deliver to and from fewer places and support more of them to switch to cleaner vehicles. This means making room for pick-up points, consolidation centers and charging points for electric cars. “

The report has recommended that 90 per cent of London’s residents should be within 250 meters of a universal pick-up or drop-off point by 2025, as they would allow businesses to deliver more packages at once to fewer locations, reducing traffic and thus emissions.

As more people across the UK have turned to home deliveries since the start of the pandemic, the number of delivery vehicles on the roads has also increased.

Between March 2020 and March 2021, registrations of new diesel vans increased by 82 percent nationwide, while registrations of new petrol cars doubled.

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