Royal Mail turns Glasgow delivery office zero emissions

UK postal operator Royal Mail has somewhat naturally opened its first fully zero transport emissions delivery office in Glasgow, just in time for the COP26 summit.

The G51 delivery office is to operate 13 electric vehicles and two micro-electric vehicles as the parcels and mail giant seeks to reduce its emissions.

The Royal Mail delivery office is a short distance from where the COP26 negotiations are being held. It is in the city’s proposed low emissions zone so will be a medium term cost saving measure as well.

13 diesel vans are being redeployed elsewhere, while the postal operator also adds two micro electric vehicles that Royal Mail describes as , “roughly the size of a golf buggy or a quad bike, with a load size of between 1.2m3 and 2.0m3. They have the capacity to accommodate more than an average daily round’s worth of letters and small parcels.”

In addition the postal operator has installed eight, Type 2 charging points at the depot for overnight charging of its new fleet.

According to Royal Mail it already has the lowest reported CO2e emissions per parcels across the major delivery companies in the UK thanks to its postmen and postwomen who do much of the final-yard deliveries on foot. By replacing its fossil fuel van fleet with electric, so this is set to reduce the carbon intensity of its parcel deliveries even more.

Simon Thompson, Chief Executive Officer at Royal Mail said: “It’s fantastic news that we are able to transform the Glasgow G51 Delivery Office into the first Royal Mail ‘all-electric’ Delivery Office in Scotland. We always want to do the right thing by the communities we serve in terms of keeping our emissions as low as we can, and this is another important step in that direction. This is all in addition to our amazing posties delivering the mail by walking the streets of course.”