IPC – Alternative fuel vehicle numbers growing among posts

The International Postal Corporation (IPC) has published new research suggesting that the number of alternative fuel vehicles in postal operations around the world has increased by 42% since 2012. This amounts to 31,000.

At the same time, the global fleet of vehicles has increased by 77,000 (13%). The alternative fuel fleet is getting an increasing foothold in global delivery operations.

In a statement, Holger Winklbauer, CEO of IPC, commented: “Today, many participants in our programme are increasing the number of electric vehicles in their delivery fleets.

“The number of electric vehicles reported by the EMMS participants increased by 3,000 between 2015 and 2016, such that electric models now account for 29% of all alternative-fuel vehicles and 4.6% of the total vehicle fleet. In comparison, globally only 0.2% of all cars in circulation are electric vehicles.

“This clearly shows that our participants are leading the way when it comes to investing in low-carbon delivery.”

IPC added that, as fuel consumption and electricity use are the most significant contributors to the postal sector’s carbon emissions, “their reduction presents opportunities for participants to realise considerable financial gains”.

While the IPC numbers globally sound large, alternative fuel fleet in global posts still amount to a tiny fraction of vehicles on the road. While European posts are actively heading for a zero carbon emission future, they aren’t being furiously chased by their Chinese or US competitors. With so many fossil fuel vehicles being used in posts around the world, this could be an opportunity for real change on the part of what are after all largely government supported organisations.
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