PostTag could save 2% of van CO2 emissions

Destination data engine company PostTag have looked at the environmental impact of address inaccuracy in the UK delivery sector. The firm says that should all delivery businesses incorporate its pinpoint address system PostTag would save delivery vehicles emitting 262 million kilograms of CO2 a year – the same as 56,000 passenger cars.

The report from PostTag comes as the UK became the first major economy to declare a zero carbon emissions target by 2050. The country is already on track to fail its first CO2 emissions target and PostTag believe they can help change this.

More than a third of CO2 emissions in the UK comes from transport, which makes this the biggest carbon emitter. While car miles remained broadly the same in the year ending September 2018, van miles are by 4% to 52.2 billion miles. Van traffic is still growing at the fastest rate of all vehicle types.

Van drivers unable to find an address can keep drivers on the road for 2.5 extra hours a week. Half of UK addresses aren’t recorded properly by standard satnav systems. This has helped vans emit 13 billion kgs of CO2 every year.

PostTag claim that they can reduce van miles by 2% by improving accuracy to the point van drivers get to the address first time every time. This could save the UK 262 million kgs of carbon emissions a year.

Paul Yewman, CEO of PostTag, said: “PostTag technology can dramatically cut delivery miles by guiding drivers to the correct address – saving them from driving around in circles when their GPS lets them down. Our minimum 2% savings on total van miles will slash carbon emissions by 262 million kilograms each year.

“The UK postal system is good but not great and this means that delivery drivers are driving thousands of unnecessary miles every day. While talk heats up of autonomous deliveries to reduce carbon emissions, without precise address data drones and driverless car deliveries cannot be implemented.

“It is crystal clear that not enough is being done to drive emissions down and transport is the biggest contributor. If the government wants to meet this new target for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, dramatic changes must be made now.

James Robbins, CIO, ArrowXL, said: “Environmental responsibility and unparalleled customer service are at the top of our agenda.  Delays to deliveries are often caused by an inability to immediately find the right property. This can add to our carbon emission and cause inconvenience to customers.

“Both are unacceptable to us. Our partnership with PostTag gives us access to market leading address data to increase driver efficiency whilst reducing CO2 ensuring our teams don’t waste time and miles.

“This pinpoint accuracy will ensure even happier customers and significantly reduce our carbon footprint helping us to play our part in supporting the UK’s target of meeting its net-zero target for greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

Thorsten Runge, Logistics industry leader and founder of Thorsten Runge Consult, said: “If the Government hopes to meet its net zero carbon target by 2050, drastic action needs to be taken now – especially among the delivery industry.

“While it’s welcome news that more fleets are ‘going green’ to curb their environmental footprint, electric vehicles don’t go far enough. Improving efficiency among drivers is key.

“For example, if a global delivery firm was able to replace 10% of its 63,000 delivery vans around the world with vehicles that were 20% more environmentally friendly, that would only make the fleet 2% greener. Now if all delivery drivers in the fleet were able to access accurate destination data – saving them thousands of wasted miles – it would have a greater and immediate impact, improving efficiency by 5%. It’s a no brainer.”

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