An Post has pledged to eliminate carbon emissions from all its letter and parcels operations within a decade.
In phase one of the An Post Eco plan, a new fleet of electric post vans and delivery tricycles will deliver zero carbon emissions in Dublin city center between the Grand Canal on the city’s south side and the Royal canal on the north side by the end of next year.
Work is ongoing to reduce emissions outside main urban areas, including a major roll-out of electric charging points for the public at An Post sites. An Post Eco also pledges zero-emission deliveries in cities including Cork, Galway, Kilkenny and Waterford by the end of 2020.
Garrett Bridgeman, managing director of An Post Mails & Parcels said, “An Post Eco is our plan to eliminate carbon emissions across our network and our operations over the next decade as we take real action around our responsibility to our communities and to our environment. We are working with government and various agencies to be a leader toward zero emissions.
“Replacing our urban fleet with electric vans and delivery tricycles is the first step while we set about changing the way we do things to reach zero emissions. We will be extending the new fleet to other cities and looking at ways to drive down emissions outside urban areas.
“An Post is investing €250,000 (US$292,000) and saving 100 tonnes of CO₂ in this initial phase with staff using the latest electric vans and tricycles for delivering to customers at all 40,000 private and business addresses between Dublin’s canals.”