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Green zero: Deutsche Post leading the zero emissions push

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Green zero: Deutsche Post leading the zero emissions push

Ian Kerr

Deutsche Post has reached another significant milestone in its push to achieve zero emissions by 2050, announcing the addition of the 10,000th StreetScooter to its delivery fleet.

The German postal giant estimates it saves approximately 36,000 tonnes of CO2 a year thanks to its electric vehicle fleet - which also includes 12,000 e-bikes and e-trikes.

“Deutsche Post DHL Group is the clear market leader in green logistics with its 10,000 electric vehicles, its 12,000 e-bikes and e-trikes and its 13,500 charging stations.” - Tobias Meyer, DPDHL Board of Management member who oversees Post & Parcel Germany

The electric Croatians

Hrvatska pošta, the Croatian postal operator, has started converting its delivery fleet to include more electric vehicles. This is part of a major modernisation project that is revitalising Croatian Post.

Earlier this year, Croatian Post added 20 new electric quadricycles to its fleet. The electric vehicles improve mobility during delivery in urban areas, reduce fleet operating costs and increase the energy efficiency. With the use of electric quadricycles, the Croatian Post will reduce its CO2 emissions by 7.6 tonnes per year.

From a practicality perspective, the quadricycles have a maximum speed of 45 km/h and a range of 60km. They can carry up to 200kg, allowing for the integration of small parcels with letter delivery.

This latest electric addition to the fleet follows Croatian Post’s 2015 investment in 180 electric bicycles, replacing old mopeds and saving 100 tonnes in CO2 emissions per year.

What makes this move even smarter is that purchase of the e-bikes and quadricycles involved funding from The Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund.

Croatian Post is also planning to soon invest in electrical charging stations which will be used not just for its own electric vehicles but will also be offered commercially.

Meanwhile in Australia…

When Australia Post receives its 1,000 new three-wheeled electric delivery vehicles this year it will become the nation’s largest electric vehicle fleet operator. These electric vehicles are replacing Australia Post’s compact petrol-powered postie bikes. Going electric in the last mile will help Australia Post meet its target of reducing carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2020 (compared to 2000).

Already Australia Post has achieved a reduction in carbon emissions of 20 per cent, despite the continuing growth in delivery points (growing at about 1.6 per cent per annum over the past 20 years). And all this in the face of growing parcel volumes and falling letter volumes.

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