Loblaw takes step toward zero-carbon deliveries

The grocery giant unveils fully electric Class 8 commercial delivery truck

Photo: CNW Group/Loblaw Companies LimitedPhoto: CNW Group/Loblaw Companies Limited

In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, Loblaw has taken the first step toward moving its entire corporate-owned trucking fleet to electric vehicles.

At a ceremony in Vancouver on Nov. 3, the grocery giant officially unveiled its first fully electric Class 8 truck, a 53-foot vehicle that’s able to make commercial grocery deliveries with zero carbon emissions.

The electric Class 8 truck and hybrid refrigerated trailer was manufactured by BYD, a well-known Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer. The technology used for this first vehicle will be expanded to Loblaw’s fleet in the coming years.

According to Loblaw, removing diesel from transport trucks and refrigerated trailers could reduce more than 94,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year—the equivalent of removing more than 20,000 cars from the road.

“As one of Canada’s largest energy users, given the size and scope of our retail network and supply chain, we know we have a critical role to play in helping Canada reach its carbon reduction targets,” said Rob Wiebe, executive vice-president of Supply Chain at Loblaw Companies Limited, in a press release. “We are committed to leading responsibly in this area, working with our partners like BYD for sustainable solutions to help our company, and our country, meet those goals.”

This effort is part of Loblaw’s overall goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2030.