We cover considerable distances to get your letters and parcels to their destination. This inevitably impacts the environment, mainly due to carbon emissions.
To minimise the adverse effects of our activities our first consideration is improving carbon efficiency. This we achieve by optimising the load efficiency of our vehicles for example, and planning the shortest possible routes. We are also concentrating our operations in fewer buildings and taking measures to maximise the energy efficiency of these buildings.
The largest contributors to our carbon emissions by far are road transport and operations in our buildings. It is in these two areas that we really have the opportunity to improve, which we are doing in several ways.
For one, we are investing in energy-efficient technology and cleaner fuels. Take for example the use of advanced Euro5 engine technology and soot filters in our delivery fleet, and the installation of state-of-the-art sorters in our new sorting centres.
Our employees can really make a difference too. We encourage clean and safe driving among our drivers, for example, and we also expect our managers to serve as energy-efficiency ambassadors both within the company and outside our walls.
Finally, we use ISO 14001, an internationally recognised management standard that helps us to continuously improve our environmental performance.
Our customers are increasingly asking about the carbon footprint caused by the transport of their letters and parcels. We offer our business customers a carbon-neutral delivery option that allows them to offset the carbon emissions arising from the delivery of their mail.
The Green Cause
We are co-founder of ‘De Groene Zaak’ (The Green Cause), a partnership of Dutch companies working to bring about a sustainable economy more quickly in the Netherlands by lobbying Dutch politicians to remove existing regulatory and legal barriers.
Together with other major postal companies PostNL has set up Stichting Milieukeurmerk Post, an eco-label foundation for mail that aims to provide advertisers and suppliers with concrete options for making their mailings more environmentally friendly. Every aspect of the delivery process is taken into consideration, from data selection, paper production and printing to fulfilment, mail and recycling.
Advertisers can choose to have some or all of their mail produced and delivered in accordance with the eco-label specifications. The criteria concern the choice of materials and mailing processing options, as well as other aspects of delivering mail (direct mail, invoices etc.) and print advertising. This may involve providing clean address files, applying precise target group analysis, using environmentally friendly paper and sustainably produced electricity, clean driving, etc.