Zapp Is Becoming a Climate Action Pioneer in the Convenience Retail and Delivery Industry

Zapp is building the future of convenience retail by offering everyday items, such as snacks, drinks and essential groceries, for delivery in minutes.

Together with Planetly, Zapp set its sights on becoming a sustainable company from the very start of its journey.

Industry:
Convenience Retail & Delivery
Headquarters:
London, United Kingdom
Employees:
418 (incl. riders)
Locations:
Expansion across Europe & other global hotspots
1,000 t
Carbon Offset
3
Offset Projects
2021 onwards
Analysis Period

About Zapp

Catering for impulse purchases and urgent need use cases, Zapp delivers everyday items to customers’ doorsteps in less than 20 minutes, 24/7. To make this possible, Zapp operates its own micro fulfillment centers and each ‘store’ stocks up to 2,000 products ready to be picked, packed and delivered. Zapp’s own riders then go the extra mile to make every order a ‘wow’ experience.

Zapp is active in London and is already plotting expansion across Europe and other global hotspots in the coming months.

“Zapp is building the future of convenience retail and that future must be sustainable. Partnering with Planetly is not only enabling us to measure and track our carbon footprint but also continually invest in reducing emissions, and offsetting where that's not yet possible.”

Company

Background & Objectives

Sustainability and inclusivity are at the core of Zapp’s culture - its use of electric vehicles and equitable employment for riders and warehouse staff are two key examples of this.

Operating sustainably from the start was very important to Zapp. The startup reached out to Planetly early on in its journey to help build a delivery service with sustainability at its core.

Planetly supports Zapp by calculating its carbon footprint as it scales, developing carbon reduction measures and offsetting emissions that cannot yet be avoided.

Analysis Results

Until the furniture reaches the consumer, unavoidable emissions occur. We had a closer look at them.

home24’s carbon footprint for 2019 is 22,096 t CO2e and includes all emissions generated between collection of the products from suppliers and delivery to customers. The largest share of the footprint was caused by transport, followed by external services as well as servers used by the company. Carbon emissions from electricity and heating account for the third largest share of the footprint.

When calculating the carbon footprint, we did not limit the analysis to emissions that occur directly in the company, but also took into account emissions that occur in the logistics chain through transport, service providers and services.

The calculation is also certified by TÜV Rheinland.

22,096 t CO2e
total carbon emissions
11,909 t CO2e
Transports
3,784 t CO2e
External service providers & servers
3,173 t CO2e
Electricity &
heating
Outlook

Zapp Wants to Reduce Carbon Emissions Long-Term

With sustainability a priority, Zapp has elected to use electric vehicles for delivery. Beyond that, the products are delivered in recyclable paper bags.

Zapp is also committed to giving back to the local community. This includes a partnership with food sharing app OLIO to reduce food waste by sharing surplus food instead of throwing it away. Between January and May 2021, Zapp prevented over 1,065 kg of food from going to waste.

CLimate action

Zapp’s Offset Portfolio

Even though Zapp only began operations in early 2021, the company has committed to taking climate action immediately. This includes compensating for 1,000 tonnes of CO2e by supporting certified climate action projects. At the end of the year, we will validate Zapp’s carbon footprint to make sure this compensation fully covers Zapp’s emissions for 2021.

In India, Zapp supports a solar energy project that feeds additional renewable energy into the electricity grid across the country. The project also creates jobs and has funded 20 water purification plants in nearby villages.

Solar Energy
‍Project

India
1 / 3

Clean Water
Project

Rwanda
2 / 3

REDD+ Rainforest
Protection Project

Indonesia
3 / 3

Zapp’s second project provides access to a safe and reliablewater supply to rural communities in particularly dry regions of Rwanda. This project has a strong community focus and includes educating the rural population on the importance of appropriate sanitation and hygiene in an effort to reduce the spread of diseases and improve health and wellbeing.

Lastly, Zapp supports a project in Borneo that prevents 64,500 hectares of biodiversity rich lowland peat forest from conversion to oil palm plantations. This not only prevents 3.5 million tonnes of CO2e from being released into the atmosphere each year, it continues to effectively support both local communities and protect threatened biodiversity and wildlife habitat.