An Post Celebrates Major Sustainability Milestones
During a week of international commitments to climate change, An Post is celebrating major gains across its own sustainability strategy as it concluded its COP26 Roadshow across Limerick, Galway and Cork. Speaking from Cork today, the organisation announced that it was awarded the accolade of being ranked the third most sustainable postal service across the globe by the industry’s trade body, the International Postal Corporation (IPC). Last year An Post was ranked 13th, with the rise to third place based on An Post’s world-leading rollout of electric vehicles; initiatives to support sustainable communities; and a broadly based Sustainability action plan.
An Post also celebrated its emission free delivery service in Cork, marking over 1,000 eVehicles driving emission free deliveries across the cities of Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Kilkenny and Waterford. An Post is the first postal service in the world to deliver an emission-free postal service across five cities including the country’s Capital city.
In further developments to their climate change action plan, An Post has also announced the results of their carbon cutting solutions for their HGV fleet. An Post is the first company in Ireland to trial the use of HVO (Hydro-treated Vegetable Oil) as truck fuel which will yield an estimated full year reduction in C02 of 90% and save 265 tons of C02 on estimated emissions of 295 tons using Diesel. The trial took place across An Post’s entire Galway truck fleet over the past two months and it was announced today that this is now being extended to its Waterford and Cork fleets.
Speaking from COP26, Minister for the Environment, Eamonn Ryan T.D. remarked “The challenge to decarbonising our society is enormous and the public sector has a major role to play in leading by example and decarbonising our public services, while also enhancing the services they provide. The responsibility An Post has shown towards its sustainability agenda highlights what is possible through strong and committed action. An Post has been ranked the third most sustainable postal service across the globe and the first postal service in the world to deliver an emission-free postal service across its cities. Through a commitment from its leadership, dedicated resources, structured approaches and planning and consistent investment, An Post has stepped up to embrace this challenge and is justifiably placed amongst the leaders in sustainability in Ireland today.”
Speaking from An Post’s COP26 Roadshow which concluded in Cork today, David McRedmond, CEO, An Post said: “To be third in the world in our industry for sustainability is a great achievement for An Post, and for its owners and customers, the people of Ireland. Our sustainability strategy has always been about delivering results and driving action across the length and breadth of Ireland – whether that is in carbon reduction, building sustainable communities or building a fair and equitable workplace. I’m proud of the staff at An Post who have achieved the transition to zero emission fleets across all our Cities.“