An Post has become the first postal service to become carbon emission-free in a capital city, the company announced on Friday 7, February.
In addition to the already existing fleet of electric vehicles, the postal service has introduced Ireland’s first 7.5 tonne electric trucks, FUSO eCanters.
All packages, letters and parcels delivered by An Post in Dublin City Centre are now carried by 47 zero emission vehicles, which will avoid 450 tonnes of CO2.
The reduction in the level of CO2 will improve the health and air quality of 512,000 people, who live and work in the city centre each day.
“We’ve proven that zero carbon emission delivery in a capital city is achievable”, said An Post’s 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 100% Green Delivery Zone in Dublin”, said McRedmond.
An Post will introduce carbon emission free delivery to Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford by the end of 2020. This will benefit the air quality and health of a further 700,000 people across Ireland.
An Post has already invested €7.5 million in 212 electric vehicles, with the number rising to over 900 within the next two years.
“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”, said Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director, Friends of the Earth.
“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.”
An Post has expressed t’s commitment to eliminating 50% of carbon emission from all postal ad delivery services in Ireland by 2025, aligned with Project Ireland 2040’s vision of a low carbon economy.
The commitment has been brought forward from 2030, saving 20,000 tonnes of CO2, and will save 100% by 2040.
“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”, said McRedmond.
“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”.
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