How can China tame waste and emissions from e-commerce and freight?

China is ground zero of the e-commerce boom, which is creating a growing mountain of waste and fuelling carbon emissions worldwide…

But delivery packaging is accounting for 93 per cent of solid waste growth in China’s megacities, according to Maxime van’t Klooster, general manager at Shanghai-based management consultancy 1421.

And while delivery trucks make up less than 10 per cent of all automotives in China, they are contributing to more than three quarters of harmful particulate matter released into the atmosphere, said Wang Boyong, strategic partnerships director of Smart Freight Centre, a non-profit…

But technology offers solutions and the logistics sector is embracing new digital supply chain tools.

For instance, Meituan-Dianping, one of China’s leading delivery companies, digitised its dispatch system using machine learning and almost doubled the efficiency of its service.