Fewer CO2 emissions driving with HVO100

Getting its vehicles to run on renewable fuels

As one of the leading e-commerce players in Europe, we take our environmental responsibility very seriously. That is why we work to make our delivery chain a little greener every day. How? By switching to logistics solutions with as few emissions as possible.

Fewer CO2 emissions driving with HVO100

From April 2024, PostNL will add approximately 4 million litres of HVO100 to the European diesel network annually. This is a great step forwards in achieving more sustainable and cleaner road transport, as this releases up to 12 kilotons less CO2 into the environment annually. That is comparable to 5,000 petrol cars driving around for a year. This enables us to make a significant contribution to reducing the emissions of the transport sector.

HVO100 in the European network

We are already using HVO100 in the Netherlands, but now we want to take a step forward on an international scale. That’s why we’ve set a new standard for the market: we purchase as much biofuel as is needed annually for all our international road transport in Europe. That is then added to the European diesel network and reduces just as many emissions as when our trucks were able to run directly on HVO100. It is a big step that we are proud of. Together with our customers, last-mile partners and the entire logistics sector, we want to make European road transport more sustainable as a whole. With this initiative, we are taking the lead.

What is HVO100?

HVO100 stands for 100% Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, a renewable diesel engine fuel made from vegetable oils and organic residual materials. HVO100 reduces emissions of harmful substances, such as nitrogen oxides and particulates, and reduces emissions of CO2 by 90% compared to regular diesel. At PostNL, we carefully consider the origin of the raw materials we use for HVO100. We guarantee that no trees are cut down for this fuel and only residual waste streams are used. We do not purchase HVO100 that does not meet these requirements.

Our plans for the future

As a leading e-commerce player, we feel an enormous responsibility to contribute to a sustainable society. Every day, we work to improve our environmental impact throughout the delivery chain, for example by switching to an electric vehicle fleet and working with the market on solutions that contribute to a circular economy. PostNL has further refined its climate strategy and set a more ambitious target to reduce CO2 emissions with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). By 2040, we want to have virtually no impact on the climate, 10 years earlier than the Climate Agreement calls for. Scaling up sustainable fuel is another important step towards achieving these goals.

Frequently asked questions HVO100

Daarom kiest PostNL voor hernieuwbare brandstof

Het is de ambitie van PostNL om vanaf 2030 alle brieven en pakketten in de laatste kilometers uitstootvrij te bezorgen. Een belangrijke stap hierin is het verduurzamen van ons wagenpark. Daarom investeren we flink in elektrische voertuigen zoals elektrische fietsen, scooters en bestelbussen. Hiermee kunnen we volledig uitstootvrij rijden. Helaas is dat nog niet mogelijk voor al ons zwaar transport. Maar wanneer de markt zover is, willen we in de toekomst de weg op met elektrische vrachtwagens.

In de tussentijd vervangen we voor een zo groot mogelijk deel van onze bestelbussen en vrachtwagens de benzine en diesel door schonere brandstoffen, zoals biogas (Biological Liquefied Natural Gas, ofwel vloeibaar gemaakt aardgas) en HVO100 (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil). Met deze hernieuwbare brandstoffen stoten we tot wel 90% minder CO2 uit en rijden we fossielvrij. In 2021 hebben we al 35% hernieuwbare brandstof getankt (8% in 2020).

Why PostNL is opting for renewable fuels

PostNL aims to achieve last-mile emission-free delivery of all letters and parcels by 2030. A key step towards that goal is to make our fleet more sustainable, which is why we’re investing heavily in electric vehicles such as electric bikes, scooters and vans, facilitating emission-free deliveries. Unfortunately, we’ve not quite reached the same stage for all the heavy trucks we also need. That said, we’re looking forward to electric trucks hitting the road when the market allows.

Until then, we’re replacing petrol and diesel with cleaner fuels for as many of our vans and trucks as possible. Biological liquefied natural gas and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO100) can help us cut our carbon emissions by up to 90% and go fossil-free. With these renewable fuels, we emit up to 90% less CO2 and drive fossil-free. In 2021, we already tanked 35% renewable fuel (8% in 2020).

On track to 100% emission-free delivery

At the end of the day, we want to be fully emission-free. But as long as we can’t, renewable fuels are a great interim solution. We use renewable fuels derived from organic matter, such as plant-based oils and waste fats, including frying fats used by McDonald’s.

Of course, we keep a beady eye on the production processes for these new fuels and ensure that our suppliers comply with all requirements imposed by the Dutch Emissions Authority. We also insist on our HVO100 being free of palm oil and on no rainforests being cut down for our fuel consumption. This is how we’re able to cut our carbon emissions in the short term while transitioning to a fully emission-free delivery network (aside from CO2, no more particulate matter or nitrogen oxide either). In fact, we sometimes refer to these renewable fuels as transition fuels.