An Post is the first postal service provider in the world to attain zero carbon emission delivery status in a capital city. With the addition of Ireland’s first ever 7.5 tonne electric trucks – the Fuso eCanter – to its existing electric fleet, every An Post letter and parcel delivery in Dublin City Centre is:
• emission free
• carried by 47 zero emission vehicles, avoiding 450 tonnes of CO2,
• benefitting the health and air quality of 512,000 people living and working in the city each day.
Zero carbon emission delivery will be rolled out to Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford by the end of 2020 benefiting the lives of another 700,000 people. An Post has already invested €7.5 million in its electric fleet of 212 EVs and this number will exceed 900 within two years. All An Post’s electricity comes only from renewable resources.
An Post’s CEO David McRedmond is now calling on organisations to follow suit to deliver a 100 per cent Green Delivery Zone in Dublin. He said: “We’ve proven that zero carbon emission delivery in a capital city is achievable. If An Post can do this, delivering 100,000 parcels and letters to more than 70,000 premises daily in this area, there is no reason why other companies can’t. Let’s aim for a 100 per cent Green Delivery Zone in Dublin.”
Aligned with Project Ireland 2040’s vision of a low carbon economy, An Post has committed to eliminating 50 per cent of carbon from all postal and delivery operations in Ireland by 2025, having brought forward the commitment from 2030 thus saving 20,000 tonnes of Carbon, and 100 per cent by 2040. To achieve this, An Post will only acquire electric vehicles over the next two years.
McRedmond concluded: “We’re going through a massive transformation from the old world of letters to the new world of ecommerce parcels, rebuilding our infrastructure for a profitable, sustainable business. We need to increase our fleet to deal with the volumes of parcels but we know we have to do this responsibly which is why we are committed to being the leader in electric vehicles. Over the next five years we will also substantially rebuild our estate of sorting offices and mail centres, and we will ensure the highest AAA standard to vastly reduce emissions.”