Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, and Uwe Brinks, Head of Deutsche Post DHL Production (Letters and Packets Division), announced Tuesday (November 29) plans to build a model climate estate in the 27-hectare HUB+Neuland logistics park for which DHL has won the tender. The move creates 1,200 jobs and allows for sustainable logistics. DHL will immediately provide 30 electric scooters to deliver packages noiselessly and emission-free in downtown Hamburg. Scholz and Brinks presented the scooters during the joint press conference in Hamburg’s City Hall.
Job engine for Hamburg
Scholz noted: “The HUB+Neuland project will make Hamburg the most important logistics centre in northern Europe and will strengthen one of the key hubs for global goods traffics. Logistics are and remain an important job engine in Hamburg and the metropolitan region. And it is good for the people of Hamburg that we are pressing ahead with the switch to emission-free logistics in the city. Many other innovative ideas in the sector are currently being pilot tested to achieve the goal of sustainable delivery in the city centre. The DHL scooter is a good example.”
Modern package centre planned
Deutsche Post DHL is building an ultra-modern package centre in the HUB+Neuland logistics park with a direct link to the A1 in Hamburg-Harburg. More than 1,200 jobs are to be created there by 2020 with emphasis on sustainability, for instance, by setting up a green belt in the area, creating rooftop gardens and using photovoltaic systems. The centre will go into operation in 2020. The Deutsche Post DHL Group is expecting average annual package growth of 5 to 7 per cent by 2020. The company has been investing in the expansion of the network for years.
Developed for delivery
The scooters for use in Hamburg will be charged overnight with certified green energy in Deutsche Post DHL’s branches in Billbrook and Altona. The company hopes to save around 90 tons of CO2 annually by deploying the 30 scooters. Deutsche Post DHL has been using the scooters in Bochum, Cologne and Stuttgart since mid 2016. The scooters run entirely on electricity and have been developed with the Aachen-based StreetScooter GmbH. The company intends switching its entire delivery fleet to electric vehicles in the medium-term.