Australia’s first zero-emission last-mile delivery pilot activation for Sydney’s CBD has launched, in an initiative led by leading last-mile delivery platform, Shippit and start-up, Parcelrun.

Additional partners include Bicycle NSW, e-bike providers Zoomo and Lug+Carrie, with Harry vs Larry, Urban Arrow and Carlo Cargo secured via local distributor Dutch Cargo.

The concept follows successful global pilot programs in London and New York and aligns with the city’s strategy to reduce congestion, decrease emissions from delivery vehicles and promote active communities within Sydney’s CBD. 

Shippit head of strategy and operations, Sandy Bains said, “Shippit’s decision to join forces with Parcelrun – who share our vision to create a more sustainable, eco-conscious and efficient ecommerce supply chain – was a natural and obvious choice. We’re incredibly excited by the pilot, and its long-term potential.

“This program isn’t just a milestone for our companies, but also indicates a significant step towards a more sustainable and greener future for Sydney’s CBD. Sustainability is table stakes today. Consumers are more conscious and companies that stand still are moving backwards. Sustainable last-mile delivery is at the heart of what we do, we are beyond excited to witness the positive impact this will bring to our city and beyond.”

The pilot program will test e-bikes from a range of partners including Dutch Cargo, Zoomo, Lime, and Lug+Carrie and all partners will receive access to the data to inform performance metrics and opportunities. 

Parcelrun founder and CEO, Patrick Ibrahim added, “The contribution from partners to make this pilot program happen has been incredible, from supplying the top of the range e-bikes, to micro-mobility storage hubs and navigating a complex stakeholder ecosystem. It demonstrates this is a program that needs to happen and will succeed.

“We look forward to hitting the streets today, doing what we do best, delivering parcels on time, with great customer experience in a way that minimises impact on the environment. This pilot will collect data which we are confident will demonstrate the environmental and social benefits.”

Shippit’s mission is to power 200 million deliveries without waste by 2025. Its last mile route optimisation technology and initiatives allow it to make delivery fleets more efficient, reducing the number of vans on the road, the kilometres they cover and greenhouse gas emissions they omit.