‘Last mile’ delivery push will worsen commutes, hurt the environment, World Economic Forum says


A worker pushes Inc. packages in front of a FedEx Corp. delivery truck in New York.

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Growth in last-mile deliveries over the next decade could contribute to slower commutes and greater carbon emissions in the world’s major cities, according to research published Friday by the World Economic Forum.

Citing a projected 36% rise in the number of delivery vehicles in the top 100 cities globally by 2030, researchers estimate emissions from delivery traffic will increase by nearly a third and congestion will rise by over 21%. That congestion would translate to an additional 11 minutes of commute time for each passenger every day.

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