As a Government committee recommends imposing a ‘green tax’ on home deliveries to subsidise a business rate cut, a new study from ParcelHero reveals most home deliveries are far more environmentally friendly than traditional shopping. ParcelHero’s study, ‘Which is Greenest? Home deliveries or traditional shopping?’ reveals Britain has Europe’s highest business rates, higher than France and Germany combined.
But ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, says a new Government committee’s proposed solution, the introduction of green taxes on home deliveries to subsidise a cut in soaring business rates, is based on ‘fake news’. “Our new study reveals that the argument that home deliveries are bad for the environment, and should be hit by a so-called green tax, is highly debatable. There is strong evidence that, far from being less green, home deliveries are significantly more environmentally friendly than traditional visits to the High Street. Successful first-time home deliveries of non-food products generate significantly less CO2 per kilometre than a dedicated car shopping trip. The paper found that a typical urban shop by car generates 1,069 g of CO2 per km per item, and a dedicated car trip for a specific item 4,274 g of CO2 per km.”