CERTIFIED GREEN INITIATIVE LAUNCHED IN 2011 – ALL DELIVERIES TO BE CO2 NEUTRAL FROM 2030
Whether you’re sending letters, mailshots or parcels, whenever you use Austrian Post delivery services, you are doing your bit to protect the environment. And this has been the case since 2011, when all shipments within Austria started meeting the carbon neutral standard. In fact, all Austrian Post consignments are expected to be delivered emissions free by 2030, either exclusively by electric vehicles or alternative fuel vehicles. Austrian Post is now inviting its customers to share its environmental credentials by making its carbon neutral certification available to download.
Back in 2011, Austrian Post launched its ‘CO2-NEUTRAL DELIVERY’ initiative in order to gradually reduce the company’s carbon footprint. The company is not only continually reducing its own energy and fuel consumption, it is also investing in clean energy. It now operates a fleet of around 1,750 electric vehicles, with this number continuing to grow. Approximately 1.3 million kilowatt hours of green energy are now generated each year by photovoltaic systems installed on the roofs of Austrian Post logistics hubs. Additional energy requirements are only ever fulfilled by suppliers of green electricity based in Austria. These and other efficiency measures have enabled Austrian Post to significantly reduce its annual carbon emissions over the past few years from around 100,000 tonnes to 76,000 tonnes. Since 2011, the company has been offsetting all emissions that cannot yet be avoided by supporting climate protection projects within Austria and abroad. Austrian Post’s calculations of its CO2 emissions and offsetting measures are checked and verified each year by the certifying body TÜV AUSTRIA.
Due to COVID-19, the certificate could not be presented at an official ceremony this year. Instead, customers can create their own photo of the ‘presentation’ on the Austrian Post website. There is an online tool available at post.at/co2neutral, which enables customers to download their own certificate and create a virtual, personalised photo which can be used as a discussion point in corporate communications. Customers can upload their own photos and create a digital image of themselves, the certificate and company logo, along with the entire Executive Board comprising Dr. Georg Pölzl, CEO of the Austrian Post, Walter Oblin, Deputy CEO and CFO, and Peter Umundum, Member of the Management Board of the Parcel and Logistics Division.