A recently conducted study of two UW engineers shows that the use of grocery delivery services can reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
“I always thought of something like a grocery delivery as a luxury or an indulgence,” said researcher Erica Wygonik, a UW Ph.D. candidate in civil and environmental engineering. “Once I started to get a sense that it might be better for the environment, I started to reconsider whether or not I’d use this service.”
According to Wygonik and Anne Goodchild, delivery services can cut down emission by roughly 50 percent. Wygonik added that although delivery vehicles emit more carbon dioxide, delivery services tend to route more efficiently.
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