Ireland’s post office provider An Post has claimed to have become the first postal service in the world to eliminate carbon emissions in a capital city.

An Post has also promised zero emissions postal delivery across all cities in Ireland by the end of 2020.

Today (7 February 2020) An Post said that with the addition of Ireland’s first-ever 7.5 tonne e-trucks called Fuso eCanters to its existing electric fleet, it will have 47 zero emission vehicles that are capable of avoiding 450 tonnes of CO2.

“We’re going through a massive transformation from the old world of letters to the new world of e-commerce 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”

This will contribute to the air quality of 512,000 people living and working in the city every day.

An Post plans to do the same in Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford by the end of 2020, benefiting the lives of 700,000 more people.

No longer just electric dreams

The postal provider has already invested €7.5m in its electric fleet of 212 vehicles and this will exceed 900 electric vehicles within two years.

“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 100pc Green Delivery Zone in Dublin”

In addition, all of An Post’s electricity comes from just two renewable sources.

“We’ve proven that zero carbon emission delivery in a capital city is achievable,” said CEO David McRedmond.

“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 100pc Green Delivery Zone in Dublin.”

Aligned with Project Ireland 2040’s vision of a low carbon economy, An Post has committed to eliminating 50pc 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 100pc by 2040. To achieve An Post’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions and for cleaner air quality in Irish cities, An Post will only acquire electric vehicles over the next two years.

“The Government has set out a climate action plan and we all need to respond: we’ve accelerated our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint by 50pc from 2030 to 2025.”

“We’re going through a massive transformation from the old world of letters to the new world of e-commerce 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.”

An Post’s initiative was welcomed by Friends of the Earth deputy director Kate Ruddock.

“We commend An Post for leading the way to become the first postal service in the world to attain zero carbon emission delivery status in a capital city.  We also commend An Post for rolling-out their green delivery zone to other major cities and towns across Ireland whilst calling on other organisations to do the same benefitting the health and air quality of the country,” Ruddock said.

Ian Talbot, chief executive of Chambers Ireland, lauded An Post’s leadership on climate action and the transition to a low-carbon economy:

“We congratulate An Post for being the first postal service in the world to attain zero carbon emission delivery status in a capital city. We also welcome the further rolling-out of their green delivery zone to other major cities and towns across Ireland.

“The Chamber network is very focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and this has fed into the approach taken in our Manifesto for GE2020. We are delighted to see this leadership on the SDGs from a vital national utility like An Post and we urge other businesses to identify how they can replicate this approach in their own business models.”

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 7 February, 2020

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