Swiss Post turns to solar power and electric vehicles
Swiss Post intends to install photovoltaic systems on the roofs of more than 20 of its business premises. It has also decided to make its fleet of letter delivery scooters entirely electric. These measures constitute part of the "pro clima" programme through which Swiss Post is channelling its commitment to climate protection. The basis for this is the sustainability strategy and its objective of reducing annual CO2 emissions by 15,000 tonnes by 2013. A series of additional measures undertaken throughout the company will help achieve this goal. This includes running 140 gas-powered delivery vehicles on 100 percent biogas, training drivers in the energy-saving "Eco-Drive" driving style and expanding the fleet of hybrid Postbuses by a further ten vehicles.
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As Switzerland's largest logistics company, Swiss Post attaches great importance to the responsible use of resources, while at the same time improving economic viability. Although the company has so far only used hydro-electric and wind power, it is now exploring other avenues. It intends to install photovoltaic systems on more than 20 of its business premises. This would result in electricity production of over 6,000 MWh per year, which would cover around 4 percent of Swiss Post's electricity requirements. The installation of the planned systems would involve an investment of CHF 39 million. Plans for a photovoltaic system spanning approx. 26,000 m2 at the Zurich-Mülligen Letter Centre are already in the advanced stages. In addition to involving other letter and parcel centres, there are also plans to install a photovoltaic system on the future Group head office in Wankdorf City. Swiss Post has been improving the energy efficiency of its buildings for many years, and thanks to various measures it has succeeded in reducing energy consumption by up to 20 percent.
100% electric scooters used in delivery
With the help of its new sustainability strategy, which focuses on climate protection, Swiss Post intends to reduce its CO2 emissions by 15,000 tonnes compared to 2010 by the end of 2013. In order to advance a step towards this goal, Swiss Post has reached a fundamental decision: from now on, if a delivery scooter needs to be replaced, it will be replaced by an electric scooter. On this basis, Swiss Post's fleet of around 7,500 scooters will be 100 percent electric by 2016 at the latest. Electric vehicles are made for letter deliveries. They make very little noise, consume significantly less energy than petrol engines and run practically emission-free by using electricity from renewable sources.
Savings courtesy of Eco-Drive
As a logistics and transport company, Swiss Post has a high level of fuel consumption. Measures to curb this consumption are being implemented at all levels. One such measure involves the style of driving. PostBus drivers have been trained in the environmentally friendly Eco-Drive driving style for many years. Fuel consumption has dropped by around 3 percent as a result. Swiss Post has now decided to train drivers of larger vehicles in the Eco-Drive technique, too.
The funds received by Swiss Post from the Confederation for the redistribution of CO2 emissions are being used to implement additional climate protection measures and step up commitment even further. Swiss Post has adopted two main approaches. First, it is pursuing measures to further reduce CO2 emissions. This includes converting 140 gas-powered parcel delivery vehicles and gas-powered business vehicles to 100 percent biogas. In addition, CO2 emissions generated by future business trips made by plane are to be offset. In the field of passenger transport, Swiss Post will acquire a further 10 hybrid Postbuses. Their eco-assessment is extremely positive – diesel consumption can be reduced by 20-30 percent.
Secondly, Swiss Post is promoting environmentally friendly e-mobility by acquiring additional electric scooters and setting up sharing stations complete with electric cars and e-bikes for its employees.
"pro clima" sustainability programme
Swiss Post wants all of its environmental measures to have one "face" in future and is now bundling all activities in this area under the umbrella label "pro clima – We’re acting now". This serves to sharpen the profile of its commitment to climate protection. In future, the "pro clima" label will be visible on all vehicles powered by environmentally friendly means. Swiss Post will continue to offer carbon-neutral shipping options under the "pro clima – Shipment" label.