bpost solar array and BEVs green its operations

bpost has had a ceremony ‘opening’ its latest rooftop solar energy array at its sorting centre in Antwerp.

The new, 1MWh array is the fourth such array set up by bpost, which plans to cut its carbon emissions by at least 20% by 2030. Together the four solar arrays have a capacity of 3.2MWh and should save around 1,200 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Since it initiated its carbon reduction programme in 2007, bpost has cut its emissions across its estate and fleet by 40%. For the sixth consecutive year in 2018, the IPS named the Belgian postal operator as the ‘world’s greenest postal operator’.

In addition to the solar arrays, bpost has developed the Colibus BEV delivery vehicle to tackle its transport emissions, with a smile number recently completing a 10 month pilot and a large order on the way for more.

Koen Van Gerven, bpost CEO, said: “With its activities and as one of Belgium’s biggest employers, bpost plays an important role in the society. So we are more determined than ever to set the right example by minimising the CO₂ emissions of our activities. In that respect, the solar panel system that we have inaugurated today at our sorting centre in Antwerp is without doubt a major step in the right direction, as is the increasing use of electric vehicles to deliver letters and parcels to our customers. Sustainable logistics has been a top priority for bpost for years and that will continue in the future.”

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