An Post invests heavily in zero emissions fleet

Having bought two electric delivery trucks for use in central Dublin, the An Post CEO David McRedmond has called on all delivery companies to create a 100% green delivery zone in the Irish capital.

Thanks to the two 7.5 tonne electric Fuso eCanters being used, An Post has 47 zero emission vehicles delivering letters and parcels to central Dublin and now every letter and parcel delivery in the final mile to the area is emissions-free.

An Post is to roll out zero-emissions delivery to Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford by the end of the year, with a total population of 700,000 people. It already has 212 electric vehicles and is planning on upping the total to 900 within two years. The postal operator has an electricity supply agreement where only renewable energy is supplied.

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

Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director, Friends of the Earth said, “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.”

McRedmond concluded: “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 50% 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.”