PostNL steps up sustainability commitment
Currently, about 20% of all parcels and letters are delivered with zero emissions in the last mile. In Mail, this is even 90% as a result of the delivery on foot and bicycle. Post and parcel sorting is fully sustainable: around 50% of all electricity powering parcel sorting centres is derived from 25,000 solar panels. Remaining energy needs are met by renewable power purchases.
CEO Herna Verhagen said: ”As a major logistics company, we want and are able to make a key contribution to achieving domestic and global sustainability goals. Customers and consumers can expect PostNL, as their favourite deliverer in the Benelux region, to lead on this issue and we’ve already achieved a great deal in making our activities sustainable. To meet our targets, we’re stepping up our investment and are engaging closely with our partners, suppliers, our sector and with governments. We’re determined to strengthen our position at the vanguard of sustainability in the logistics sector.”
More and more of PostNL’s delivery kilometres are driven on renewable fuels. This summer, the transition to renewable diesel (HVO100) and biogas got under way, with over 300 vans and more than 100 trucks now running on HVO100. Another 100 trucks are partially fuelled by Bio-LNG, taking to around 30% the total of PostNL’s large transport vehicles running on alternative power – a figure that should rise to 90% by 2030.
To achieve its sustainability goals, PostNL is working closely with partners including the logistics sector and network suppliers on much-needed further developments in infrastructure and alternative fuels, one obvious issue being adequate charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EV). Until its fleet is fully electrified, PostNL is offsetting any remaining carbon emissions from its own transport and that of its delivery partners, cutting its footprint to net zero.
Replacing diesel-powered vehicles with electric ones is making the biggest contribution to last-mile carbon reduction. PostNL already has around 1,300 electric vehicles in place, large and small. This will increase considerably over the next few years. Furthermore, cutting kilometres by combining new deliveries and returns is chipping in a further part of the contribution, next to introducing green products and further reducing the air in packaging.
PostNL expects to put a total of € 80 million into sustainability-related capital and operational spending for sustainability, including the replacement of diesel with alternative fuels, transport electrification, EV charging infrastructure and solar panels. This amount is fully included in the financial outlook presented on 9 August 2021.
Today, PostNL is briefing analysts and investors on sustainability at 2.00 pm and may be watched here. In the online briefing, CEO Herna Verhagen and a number of energy and sustainability experts will discuss the sustainable steps PostNL has taken and will take.
We are PostNL, the mail and logistics solutions provider for all. With our mail and parcel deliverers who get everywhere, our over 4,200 PostNL locations and 11,000 postboxes, we are always nearby. We aim to be our customers’ favourite deliverer by making it as easy as possible for them to send and receive parcels and letters. Our over 40,000 people are right at the heart of society. On weekdays, we deliver an average 1.1 million parcels and 8.1 million letters across the Benelux region. Digital transformation is central to PostNL’s operations, and we optimise and support our physical networks by using smart digital solutions and launching new propositions that create value for our customers. To make our deliveries as sustainable as possible, we cover a lot of kilometres on foot or by bicycle or e-bike, provide innovative city logistics, use cleaner fuels, and use electric vans and light electric trucks.
PostNL NV is a listed company with revenues of €3.3 billion in 2020, 63% of this derived from e-commerce. It provides deliveries of mail and parcels, logistics solutions for e-commerce, and cross-border solutions.