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Delivery Drones May Be More Sustainable Than Trucks, Study Finds

By Desirée Kaplan

While delivery drones may seem like a futuristic idea, many companies are looking to make this a reality sooner rather than later. Major companies like Amazon, UPS, Google, and DHL are already looking for ways to scrap trucks and shift towards drone deliveries. While this shift offers benefits like saving on fuel for companies and reducing delivery time for customers, there are pros and cons for the environment. 

Even though the electricity sector in the United States is moving towards utilizing cleaner power, transportation remains one of the largest sources of CO2 in country. Almost a quarter of transportation emissions come from delivery trucks. A new study reveals that, under the right circumstances, electric-powered delivery drones may offer a better alternative to diesel-powered trucks.  

According to the study, which was published in Nature Communications, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Carnegie Mellon University looked at several different variables to determine if drone deliveries were more eco-friendly than traditional fleet trucks. So which is better? Well, it depends.