PostNL Parcels wins Lean & Green Award

Laurens Tuinhout, Sourcing & Sustainability Director at PostNL Parcels, was last week presented with the Lean & Green Award by Nico Anten, Managing Director of Connekt.

The government program Connekt, which promotes sustainable logistics, presents this award annually to companies that reduce their CO2 emissions by more than 20%. PostNL Parcels has received the award because of its target to cut CO2 emissions by 24% by 2015 compared to 2010. PostNL Parcels is taking a number of concrete measures to reach this goal. Over the next few years, for instance, it will move its distribution centres to strategic locations, reducing the number of kilometres travelled to a minimum. The new centres and sorting machines are being specially designed to use as little energy and to emit as little CO2 as possible. Vehicles will be subject to additional environmental requirements. This applies to PostNL's own fleet as well as vehicles operated by the company's subcontractors. PostNL will also take a more environmentally aware approach to last-mile delivery in city centres by collecting and bundling parcels. Finally, PostNL will be carrying out research into cleaner means of transport for parcel delivery, such as water transport, cargo bikes and electric vehicles.