Online fast food network Just Eat is offering discounts on electric scooters and green energy to its 28,500 restaurants as part of a drive to support innovation across the food delivery industry.
Independent restaurants on the Just Eat network can now access a 45 per cent discount on Eskuta electric scooters for food deliveries.
The ‘silent scooters’ can run for 50 miles on a single charge, with independent research showing that they are £743 cheaper to run per year than a standard petrol moped.
Delivery drivers on the network covered approximately 100 million miles in the UK last year.
‘We have a role to play’
“With more delivery drivers on the roads than ever before, we recognise that we have a role to play in finding ways to reduce the carbon emissions that result from food delivery”, said Graham Corfield, UK managing director of Just Eat.
“This partnership with Esukta is another step towards tackling the impact that takeaways can have on our planet and we look forward to continuing our work with our restaurant partners and suppliers to support innovation across the industry.”
Just Eat also has a partnership with comparison site Make it Cheaper that offers restaurants an exclusive green power offer via energy supplier Squeak Clean Energy.
The company is also taking action on plastic waste by trialling a pre-ticked box on its app and website to nudge customers to opt out of receiving excess plastic packaging.
Commenting on the move, James Murray, editor of BusinessGreen, said: “Just Eat is effectively offering its partners a no-brainer opportunity to cut their costs, guard themselves against future regulatory and taxation pressure, and boost their appeal to customers.
“Here is an organisation identifying the significant risk posed by growing public concern about air pollution and responding accordingly.”