From groene post to net-zero CO2 shipping

Delivering your mail and packages sustainably from door to door

We are always aiming for higher sustainability standards at every stage of your post and parcel delivery journey. As a step towards this, from 1st January 2022 PostNL will no longer use ‘groene post’ (Green Mail) as a service. Instead we will continue to deliver door-to-door with net-zero CO2, without any additional charges to your customers.

Use the new net-zero CO2 logo

Let your customers know that your mail and parcels are delivered with net-zero CO2. That's why we offer you a new logo. You can use this for envelopes, shipping labels and packaging. There is also a new statement that you can use to demonstrate that your mail and parcels were delivered with net-zero CO2.

Questions and answers

What does 'net-zero CO2' mean?

Deliveries by air and road necessarily contribute to CO2 emissions. That is why we compensate for emissions through our activities by investing in environmental projects proven to reduce atmospheric CO2. Our goal is to increase the effectiveness of this by focusing fully on CO2 reduction at every step of our delivery journey.

What is PostNL doing to reduce its CO2 emissions?

We drive more and more electrically, use clean fuels and deliver by bicycle whenever possible. You can find more information about our sustainability ambitions here.

How does PostNL compensate for its CO2 emissions?

We invest in sustainable energy projects abroad with the Gold Standard quality mark. From January 1st 2022, we will be adding to our portfolio of projects to compensate for our own growth.

I still have letters/envelopes with the old groene post logo. Can I still use them?

It would be a waste to throw them away, so you can just use up the old letters/envelopes. We kindly ask you to use the new logo afterwards.

I would like to continue sending groene post. Is that possible?

Your mail and parcels will be delivered sustainably as a standard from January 1st 2022. So you no longer have to pay for groene post. But there are plenty of practical things you can do to make your mail greener. Look at our tips to see which ones work best for you.

What sustainability actions can you do yourself?

Would you like to get started on making your mail more sustainable? The tips below will help you with this.
  • Use a clean address file. By carefully checking and deduplicating your address file, you prevent unnecessary misaddressed mail and return mail. We can help you with that. 
  • Use recycled paper sourced from responsibly managed forests. Only paper from sustainably managed forests will have an FSC or PEFC label. 
  • Collaborate with suppliers who have an environmental management system. Setting requirements on suppliers creates a chain reaction, which means that we make the entire chain greener. 
  • Avoid using an unnecessary amount of ink colours. While ink is becoming more environmentally friendly, minimal use is always the most sustainable. 
  • Print your mailing on both sides. Everyone is already used to it: double-sided printed paper – and as a bonus, this also saves you half the paper. 
  • Avoid unnecessary plastic and packaging material. Plastic and foil are non-degradable and also require quite a bit of energy during production.