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Realising sustainable real estate? Parcel delivery plays a role

In a world increasingly focused on sustainability, the call for responsible investment within the real estate sector is growing louder. The trend towards sustainable investing is gaining momentum for good reason. Sustainable investing is not only better for the environment but also beneficial for the portfolios of real estate investors and developers. Parcel delivery can play a role in this.


The rise of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) and CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive) regulations has further strengthened the trend of sustainable investment. Large companies, as well as small SMEs, are expected to follow and implement ESG criteria in their operations. These criteria go beyond environmental considerations and also include social and governance aspects. As a result, real estate investors and developers are encouraged to look not only at the financial performance of a project but also at its impact on people and the environment.


The rise of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) and CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive) regulations has further strengthened the trend of sustainable investment. Large companies, as well as small SMEs, are expected to follow and implement ESG criteria in their operations. These criteria go beyond environmental considerations and also include social and governance aspects. As a result, real estate investors and developers are encouraged to look not only at the financial performance of a project but also at its impact on people and the environment.


Parcel Delivery

One activity where gains can be made within residential buildings, and that deserves attention is parcel delivery. Home delivery has become an integral part of modern life. However, it also brings challenges such as significant CO₂ emissions per package, safety issues, and lost parcels. With the increasing number of online orders, the number of delivery kilometres also increases, further raising the environmental burden. Each package results in 400 grams of CO₂ emissions.


Real Estate Investors Altera Vastgoed and Greystar

Real estate parties play a crucial role in addressing ESG initiatives and promoting sustainable solutions within their buildings. One example of such a solution is MyPup, an innovative service aimed at reducing the environmental impact of parcel delivery and improving operational efficiency within buildings.


Altera Vastgoed has implemented the service of this sustainable parcel delivery company in their residential properties. Niels van Wonderen, Head of Asset Management Residential, highlights one of the major benefits: "MyPup distinguishes itself in the market by bundling packages from different providers in their city hub and then delivering them in one emission-free trip per day to a secure parcel locker, a MyPup Pick Up Point. This saves nine out of ten courier trips, resulting in a significant reduction in traffic and CO₂ emissions."


"With parcel lockers, we offer students an extra service and the assurance that packages are no longer stolen."

For real estate investor Greystar, safety and liveability are important reasons to implement MyPup's service. Reinier Bunnik, Senior Operations Director Netherlands: "In student complexes, people come and go, and package theft was a constant threat. With parcel lockers, we offer students an extra service and the assurance that packages are no longer stolen. Since the parcel lockers are located within the building, residents have easy access to them, providing the comfort of receiving parcels at home without needing to be at home, ensuring the safety of their packages.


Additionally, we find it important to contribute to the liveability of the neighbourhood where our buildings are located. Therefore, we consider the reduction of couriers a significant advantage. It is clear that our residents support this as well, given the high adoption rate and the number of packages delivered daily. In fact, this should be a requirement for all new buildings, as parcel delivery has inherently become part of housing services."


Positive Impact on the Environment and Living Comfort

Integrating such solutions, which optimize parcel delivery efficiency and contribute to sustainability goals, offers significant benefits for real estate parties. By choosing systems that reduce delivery kilometres while simultaneously increasing safety and efficiency, real estate managers can impact the environment and enhance residents' living comfort. The significant CO₂ reduction achieved also benefits the CSRD requirements.


In the development of sustainable real estate, parcel delivery thus plays an important role. By investing in innovative solutions, real estate parties can contribute not only to a sustainable living environment for their residents but also to a greener future for all of us.



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