DPD to host virtual event on the challenges of clean air in cities

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Parcel delivery firm DPD is to host a free, virtual panel discussion exploring the challenges of clean air in cities, on Thursday 25 February.

The event, in association with Green TV, will aim to address the urgent need for better air quality in our urban environments by sharing the latest research from DPD and other industry leaders and facilitating discussion with a panel of experts.

The panel discussion will be hosted by BBC Radio 5 Live’s Rachel Burden and include: Dr Francis Pope, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Birmingham; Oliver Lord, Head of Policy & Campaigns, Environmental Defense Fund; Geraint Davies MP, Chair of APPG – Air Pollution; Olly Craughan, Head of CSR, DPD and Tom Byrne, Head of Sustainability, ASOS. 

On the day, attendees will also hear from Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, whose daughter died as a result of air pollution.  As well as hearing their insights, the event is an opportunity to connect directly with the panellists and other like-minded individuals in attendance. 

DPD is an industry leader in sustainable delivery and already has over 700 EVs on the road in the UK.  In October 2020, DPD announced plans to deliver to 25 of the largest towns and cities in the UK with zero and low-emission delivery means by 2025. 

The event, which is free to attend and open to all, will take place between 11am and 12:30pm on 25th February.  To register, go to: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8716049249904/WN_IlsqoVyOSFiLf6vN3CUWvg

Dwain McDonald, DPD’s CEO, commented: “At DPD, we’re working hard to become the greenest delivery company on the planet.  We’ve taken some giant steps already in terms of our investment in green vehicles, our work developing smarter urban delivery systems and in developing more sustainable solutions for our energy use, packaging and waste.  We’ve also been very vocal about the barriers holding us and other enlightened operators back. 

“As a result, we want to continue to increase the debate around some of these issues and shine a spotlight on the best practice in the field of sustainability.  This event aims to explore some of the steps being taken to improve air quality, both by DPD and others in the public and private sector. We have gathered a great line-up of speakers, who will outline the innovative methods their organisations are employing to track air quality and what must still be done to improve it.

“Our hope is that this event will help inform the wider debate, forge new working relationships and hopefully help drive further innovation that can move us all closer to solving the challenges of creating cleaner cities.”