Energy-efficient distributionSaving energy while continuing to deliver efficiently
Energy-efficient distribution is a key element of sustainability at PostLogistics. This consists of a number of projects which all contribute to the achievement of the Swiss Post and PostLogistics sustainability goals.
Reduction in sorting destinations
In the parcel centres, the number of sorting destinations is being reduced, thereby saving on transport requirements. In 2010, the number of sorting destinations (area and postal carrier destinations) in the three parcel centres has been reduced from more than 2,000 to around 400. This saves almost 50 transport journeys each day between the centres and the distribution bases. That's almost 1,000,000 kilometres on the roads per year, reducing CO2 emissions by 785 tonnes a year.
The GeoRoute software calculates the shortest and most economical routes for all parcel distribution delivery rounds. The newly purchased software will be in use as of May 2011 and will be gradually introduced in all distribution bases and branches by spring 2012. The planning software will enable us to minimize detours, save time and reduce CO2 emissions.
Energy-efficient distribution also involves the use of double-decker trucks. 28 double-deckers have been in use since summer 2009. These have more load capacity in comparison with conventional trucks. This has enabled us to reduce the number of journeys and lower fuel consumption by 20,000 litres of diesel.