The “urban eco package hub” has been unveiled by UPS to limit the amount of vehicles that the delivery firm operates in the city centre, easing congestion and pollution.
The container, which will act as a mini distribution centre, has been positioned on Wolfe Tone Street and will support package deliveries made by foot, bike and electrically-assisted cycles and tricycles.
The hub means there will no longer be the need for four vehicle dispatches in the city centre each day.
UPS has already trialled similar schemes in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and parts of the UK. The project in Germany has resulted in between seven to 10 fewer delivery journeys in the city of Hamburg daily.
Andy Smith, UPS’s Ireland country manager, said: “As one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, Dublin is going through an exciting period of change – but one that also comes with challenges of congestion and air quality.
“We see this urban eco hub as an important part of the community. It addresses and reduces congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, and sits as a piece of public art that celebrates local talent.”
Brendan O’Brien, Dublin City Council’s head of technical services, said: “This pilot project gives an excellent collaboration opportunity between UPS and Dublin City Council to reduce the number of goods vehicles on the city streets, reduce congestion and improve the urban environment with less emissions, noise, and damage to roadways.
“The outcome of this pilot project will inform freight delivery practices in the city.”