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The project „Carbon Neutral Courier Services“ (CO2URIER), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Polish National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), aims to yield concrete sustainability improvements in the courier service industry. The CO2URIER project will approach this challenge by means of a comprehensive analysis based on state of the art techniques of environmental and economic impact evaluation. As a result, more environmentally-friendly services will be developed in collaboration with Polish and German partners. At the same time the project provide insights for future improvements within this growing sector.

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RIC Pro-Akademia with a support of other project partners completed Deliverable 2.1 “Strategic analysis of the Quriers company” (D2.1), which is the first part of Work Package 2 “Green company strategy development and implementation” (WP2).

The overall objective of WP2 is to develop strategies for improving Quriers’ environmental performance. Using a holistic approach, total efficiency gains of each of these options will be calculated and an optimal strategy will be proposed. This step may involve e.g. incentive programs for customers to change their purchase habits that allow optimizing vehicle use, innovative technical solutions for packaging, offer of emissions offset.

The aim of the D2.1 is to perform a strategic analysis of the courier company’s business model to understand the environment in which the company is operating, interactions between this environment and the company and what types of actions are possible to introduce in a long-term action plan. In particular, D2.1 analyses external conditions influencing the courier market and the courier market itself, with indicators describing current state and trends of development. The report shows also the most important information about Quriers, in the context of its interaction with external entities. Multidimensional assessment of Quriers is performed, which allows to identify areas in which changes are possible to be introduced, especially in the view of customer demands and competitors’ readiness to respond to Quriers measures. Based on this information, possible directions of the Quriers’ business model development are specified, aimed at company transformation into a carbon-neutral one.

Information presented in this report, completed with findings from D1.2 Environmental Impact Assessment of Quriers’ Company, will be used as inputs to D2.2 Action plan for transformation into carbon neutral company for Quriers.

In August an op-ed contribution by Martin Kesternich (Deputy Head of the Department Environment and Resource Economics, Environmental Management at ZEW in Mannheim) and Martin Achtnicht (Postdoc researcher at Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development) on transport policies and electromobiles was published in ‚ZEIT‘: http://www.zeit.de/mobilitaet/2017-08/verkehrspolitik-diesel-skandal-fahrverbote-wahlkampf-technologie