The state of the environment has been a hot button issue with more businesses attempting to lead the change towards a more sustainable future. A number of South African retailers have gotten in on the action, but Woolworths has appeared to have taken the next step in their sustainability drive thanks to their solar-powered vans.
According to Business Insider, the upmarket retailer has saved around 3600 kg of carbon dioxide emissions over the last two months as they deliver goods to their customers who have ordered online. This eco-friendly move has allowed them to become the first retailer in South Africa to add electric panel vans for online delivery services, a step that the retailer states aligns with its mission to one day become “the most sustainable retailer in the world.”
Woolies took to Twitter on Tuesday to share the news.
“… In collaboration with DSV and Everlectric we are trialling electric panel vans into our online shopping delivery fleet, a first in the South African retail space,” stated the retailer.
In line with our vision to be one of the most sustainable retailers in the world, in collaboration with DSV and Everlectric we are trialling electric panel vans into our online shopping delivery fleet, a first in the South African retail space! pic.twitter.com/YUrM5cK7E7
— Woolworths SA (@WOOLWORTHS_SA) November 9, 2021
As Woolworths looks to grow a more sustainable infrastructure, it has set the ambitious goal of ensuring that all its energy is obtained from renewable sources by 2030, along with having net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.
The retailer appears to be taking the necessary steps to achieve these goals as it has also just launched an electric bicycle pilot in Cape Town with its food delivery service, Bolt Food, as per Business Tech.
Picture: Woolworths Twitter