21 September is ‘Zero Emissions Day', an international day that aims to raise awareness of the growing need for cleaner energy sources, as well as encourage everyone to reflect on their energy habits and accelerate the journey to decarbonization. This day also marks the 2023 Green Postal Day for PostEurop, International Post Corporation and 22 posts worldwide.
Posts collaborate and are committed to significantly reducing GHG emissions by 2030 aligned with the EU’s goal of achieving 55% reduction of GHG by 2030. Special emphasis is given to decarbonising building and transport activities.
Towards low-carbon deliveries
As key players in the transport and logistics sector, postal operators have made significant investments for some time now to renew their fleet and progressively add alternative fuel vehicles including electric vehicles, gas, hydrogen to further decarbonise their fleets. These days there are more than 30,0000 electric vehicles and over 58,000 vehicles powered by alternative fuels in circulation across the EU . Moreover, over 170,000 postal employees deliver on foot and more than 100,000 deliver by bicycles or e-bikes keeping the emission low whilst meeting customers delivery expectations wherever they may be.
Decarbonising long haul transport
Decarbonising long haul transport will be increasingly crucial to reduce the environmental impact of the sector. Technology piloted and refined for last mile is being gradually reconfigured to meet the different needs of long-haul operations. High power charging technology is still being developed and standardised. Hydrogen is also emerging as a viable fuel alternative.
Posts call for an acceleration in the roll out of alternative fuel options and charging facilities to support the development of viable low-emissions long haul transportation alternatives.
Furthermore, posts seek further innovation in alternative fuel options for air freight.
“At PostEurop we see through our activities how committed postal operators are to collaborate and inspire each other on the various sustainability actions from regulatory to operations to achieve our common sustainability goals. Therefore, we are happy to be part of this 5th edition Green Postal Day to help shine a light on how posts can continue to lower emissions for their deliveries” - Elena Fernández-Rodríguez, Chairwoman of the PostEurop Board of Directors.
About the Green Postal Day
The Green Postal Day is a global campaign initiated by CEOs of posts participating in the IPC Sustainability Measurement and Management System (SMMS) programme, aiming to highlight the sustainability commitments made by postal organisations worldwide.
PostEurop represents 55 postal operators (universal service providers) in 53 countries and territories around Europe and handles 60 billion items each year. The industry employs 2 million people, manages 258 million delivery points and accounts for 1% of the national GDPs.
For more information, please contact:
Cynthia Wee Neumann
T: +2 2 773 11 92