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Amazon brings electric cargo bike deliveries to Belfast customers

09 May 2024
In Belfast Amazon is working with Astral Fox, a local company which provides delivery services to Amazon customers
Amazon`s new Belfast delivery hub
Amazon`s new Belfast delivery hub

 

Amazon has opened its first micromobility hub in Northern Ireland at its delivery station in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The hub now houses a fleet of electric cargo bikes which will deliver thousands of packages per week to Amazon customers, taking delivery vans off city centre roads, helping to improve air quality and alleviate congestion.

Delivery stations power the last mile of Amazon’s order process and help speed up deliveries for customers. Packages are shipped to a delivery station from neighbouring Amazon fulfilment and sortation centres, loaded into delivery vehicles and delivered to customers.

Belfast joins more than 40 cities in the UK and across Europe which have Amazon micromobility hubs facilitating electric cargo bike and on-foot deliveries, part of a £300m investment to electrify and decarbonise Amazon’s UK transportation network, electric cargo bikes and walkers are now expected to make millions of deliveries to Amazon customers across the UK every year.

“Our new electric cargo bikes are part of Amazon’s commitment to reach net zero carbon across our operations by 2040, ten years ahead of the Paris Agreement. This is a proud moment for our team, and great news for customers across the city who will benefit from zero emissions deliveries to their door,” said Jim Press, senior delivery station manager at Amazon in Belfast.

Amazon is working with Astral Fox, a local company which provides delivery services to Amazon customers. Nick Turkington, owner of Astral Fox said: “We are delighted to work with Amazon to bring this fleet of electric cargo bikes to Northern Ireland. We think the electric cargo bikes are going to be a big hit with customers, while also supporting Amazon’s sustainability commitments. The future is here and this is just the beginning.”

Amazon’s Belfast delivery station is an 74,000 square metre building which opened in October 2020 and employs more than a hundred permanent employees to process customer orders. Pay for Amazon employees at the delivery station in Belfast starts at £12.30 per hour and employees are offered a benefits package, including private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection and an employee discount.

The team at Amazon in Belfast supports the local community through donations and volunteering opportunities. Organisations supported by Amazon in Belfast in the last two years include a £2,000 donation to The Children’s Heartbeat Trust, as well as a donation to Almost Home.

Amazon and its partners already have more than 1,000 electric delivery vans deployed across the UK and Ireland, in addition to nine fully electric heavy goods vehicles, the first in Amazon’s fleet, which have replaced traditional lorries.

Amazon is the co-founder of, and the first signatory to The Climate Pledge, a commitment to reach net zero carbon by 2040. With nearly 500 signatories, including more than 100 from the UK alone, the pledge signatories are working together on initiatives to preserve the natural world and invest in decarbonising technologies.

Amazon calculates it is the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy globally. In the UK, Amazon has 29 operational on-site solar projects and have enabled seven large-scale offsite renewable energy projects, with a capacity of more than 900MW in the UK. Once all projects are operational, they are expected to generate enough energy to power the equivalent of more than one million UK homes annually. These include corporate purchase power agreements with; a wind farm in Ballykeel, Co Antrim, which opened last year; Moray West Offshore Windfarm in Scotland; and East Anglia THREE offshore windfarm in Suffolk.

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