Royal Mail to be carbon neutral in 18 years time

Royal Mail has announced plans to go carbon neutral within 18 years. This brings its net zero target forward by 10 years.

According to the postal operator, with its 90,000 posties delivering so many items on foot every day it is already one of the lowest emissions delivery companies in the UK. It aims to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2025-26 and Scope 3 emissions by 30% from a the base year of 2020/21.

Amongst other things, Royal Mail aims to have 5,500 electric delivery vans on the road by 2023. It will use 100% renewable energy across the business, and cut its use of domestic flights as part of the plans, using rail as an alternative.

Simon Thompson, Chief Executive Officer at Royal Mail, said: “A seven-day parcel service, to and from the customer’s door, delivered by a postie you trust and with the lowest emissions is the winning proposition. Environment is the next battleground for businesses and we are determined to lead. Setting an ambitious target to reduce parcel emissions to 50 gCO2e demonstrates our commitment to driving change and minimising our impact on the environment.

“We now merchandise the emissions per parcel for every delivery on the Royal Mail App, so customers can understand the impact of their order on the planet. We want to go much further and transform the way we collect, process and deliver the 10 billion letters and parcels we handle each year. All this means we can pull forward our net zero target by ten years to 2040.”

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