The Dutch island of Terschelling is the first to have all PostNL deliveries arrive emission-free.
All diesel delivery vans and mopeds on Terschelling have been replaced by electric cars, electric motor scooters and bicycles. The 100% emission-free deliveries will also expand to the islands of Vlieland, Schiermonnikoog, Ameland and Texel in the coming month as part of PostNL’s aim to become more sustainable.
The Wadden Islands have a collective ambition to be self-sufficient with regard to energy and water by 2020.
Albert Rodenboog, director of production at PostNL, said, “PostNL covers 128,000,000km a year, of which 51,000,000km are travelled on foot or by bicycle. Those are already 100% emission-free, but we have high ambitions in further reducing carbon emissions.
“The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) shows that worldwide, PostNL is the most sustainable company in the transport sector. With that, PostNL is the sector’s international leader. By delivering mail and parcels to the Wadden Islands electrically or with muscle power, we are taking the next step in smarter and more sustainable delivery.
“It also offers options for additional sustainable services. These could include delivering travelers’ luggage. By working with local entrepreneurs, we can offer them emission-free delivery in the future as well.”
One in three PostNL delivery vans now runs on green gas and in 2016, the company started replacing 400 diesel vehicles with delivery vans that can operate in this environmentally-friendly way.
March 31, 2017