Mission accomplished for the sustainable delivery pilot project for the Quebec City book community and Monquartier en boîte, the only company offering this green solution in the Capitale-Nationale region. For three months, Quebec City bookstores and three publishers joined forces to test carbon-free delivery with MOBIS, Coop Carbone’s sustainable mobility gas pedal.  


Booksellers and publishers are sensitive to environmental issues, but they are also concerned about the cost of transport. From June to September, initiated by MOBIS, this field trial with Monquartier en boîte enabled them to measure the impact of carbon-free delivery on their carbon footprint, test a shared offer and check whether the bill is higher in the end.   



The results are positive: the bookshops and publishers who took part in the project continue to use the Monquartier en boîte delivery service, according to Arnaud Bertrand, president of Monquartier en boîte. This has enabled us to validate our accessible service with the book trade, and to propose an offer adapted to the many parcels delivered on a daily basis. 


He adds that this experimental field has enabled :   

  • Increase in the number of green deliveries in Quebec City  
  •  40 more deliveries per week since June 21, within a 5 km radius  
  •  200km/week of travel replaced by a bicycle and an electric vehicle.  
  • Nearly half a tonne of GHG emissions avoided.  
  •  Using the cargo bike doesn’t tie up a commercial artery.  
  •  Encourage a short circuit between bookseller, publisher and consumer.   
  •  Reduced travel time, handling, number of people involved in the delivery process and better optimization of resources. 


Librairie du Quartier had already been using this service to deliver to libraries and schools for two years. Vaugeois, Morency, Le Mot de Tasse, Pantoute, les éditions du Septentrion, GID and Alto have also agreed to take part in this new joint experiment. Hannenorak and Laliberté are also actively interested.   


Together, seven Quebec City neighborhoods are represented. “What will also make the difference is the reliability and efficiency of the service,” emphasized Marie-Hélène Vaugeois of Librairie Vaugeois, and Marie-Michèle Rheault, assistant manager at Le Septentrion. A promise kept!   


Cargo bike more efficient than truck  

“We use a cargo bike and an electric car for all our online order deliveries, 12 months a year. For city deliveries, a cargo bike is much more efficient than a delivery truck. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 90% and limits congestion,” says Arnaud Bertrand. He saw an increase in delivery requests during the pandemic, and the relevance of developing a green offer.   


“The last kilometer of delivery is proportionally the most impacting, and there are simple solutions to make urban logistics sustainable,” says Caroline Marie of the MOBIS gas pedal. 


Climate change issues   

This field of experimentation is in line with the vision of Quebec City, which is committed to accelerating the development of active modes of transport to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For example, the interior of Old Quebec was pedestrianized from July 4 to August 18 as part of a pilot project designed to discover the best ways of reducing the long-term inconvenience associated with car travel. 


The media reported:   

  1. Delivering books by cargo bike: part one 


  1. Delivering books differently: part two