They may not be visible at all, but the newly launched green corridors are a pretty big deal and make a powerful impact. Today, thanks to these green corridors, around 40 percent of all parcels to Swedish recipients are delivered fossil-free. And that’s just the beginning.
The idea behind green corridors is rather simple, yet very effective: by ensuring fossil-free deliveries between the biggest cities in each country, a significant number of parcels can be included, all the way from the retailer to the end-consumer. This results in 3,175 tons lower carbon dioxide emissions.
“We often say that we strive to be climate-leaders, and this concept is really easy to understand for everyone. This is exactly how we want to work, focusing on the projects with the biggest impact. With green corridors we concentrate on where the parcels are going. Thus, 40 percent of all parcels to customers are included – that was 3,9 million Swedish parcels in August 2022 alone,” says Axel Scheutz Godin, Green Technology Lead.
Apart from PostNord’s goal to be fossil-free by 2030, the green corridors are also a result of the company listening to customers’ wishes. Today, many e-commerce retailers demand sustainable logistics to help them reach their own goals.
“This is just the beginning. In 2023, we’re probably adding one or two more cities to the corridor system. We’re also looking into creating green corridors for letters too, where a large proportion of our volumes are already transported by train between our terminals,” says Donny Ringius, Head of Transformation.
In Norway, a green corridor has been opened between Alfaset and Larvik with biogas cars, which also have collections at Kunde in Larvik. PostNord will also try out green corridors with electric container cars on scheduled services between the largest terminals, such as Alfaset, Langhus, and Drammen, from June 2023. There are already established green corridors in Oslo and the surrounding area. This means that MyPack Collect has become a more sustainable product, which both customers and consumers greatly appreciate.
PostNord Finland is moving rapidly towards electrification in the last mile, with a primary focus on the so-called triangle area, consisting of the Helsinki capital area, Tampere, and Turku. Simultaneously, linehauls and mainly delivery trucks will be switched from diesel to HVOs in this area. The first green corridors will be in place in 2023, and fully implemented in the triangle area for all services by the end of 2025.
In Denmark, PostNord is focusing more on more on fossil-free last mile transport i.e. ‘green last miles’. That’s what customers are demanding right now, so that’s where both money and HVO are spent. In 2023, the plan is to have implemented green last miles in the four biggest cities in Denmark – Copenhagen, Århus, Odense and Aalborg – both by using electric vehicles and HVO fuel. What PostNord does must be long-term solutions, not temporary quick fixes.