Explanations include the purchase of green electricity in more areas of the Group, an increased blend of biofuel with diesel and the centralization of operations. The integrated production model, IPM, in which mail and logistics operations are combined and vehicles are shared, also helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and even more results are expected after the model is fully implemented.
PostNord Sweden a positive surprise
Among PostNords different country organizations, PostNord Sweden offered a positive surprise with an expanded dialogue with subcontractors for better oversight of the percentage of biofuel being used. Synergistic effects via joint transportation of different kinds of shipments have also helped lower emissions.
PostNord Denmark has continued to reduce its facility size, purchase green electricity and actively work to streamline transports and train employees to drive fuel efficiently. So far, 1,400 of 2,100 drivers have participated. PostNord Finland continued efforts to enhance the energy efficiency of its premises; PostNord Norway still transports most of its parcel and pallet volumes by rail, and PostNord Strålfors has reduced both facility size and emissions related to business trips. The Environmental Fund, through which PostNord annually earmarks funds for environmental improvements, also helps to reduce emissions.
At the halfway point
At the halfway point last year, an analysis was carried out to see what additional actions are required for PostNord to reach its long-term goal. PostNord’s director for TQM and Environment Susanna Fink explains:
“The analysis took into account both external factors and the market’s development – for example, volume development within our service offering and PostNord’s strategic focus. The conclusion was that the goal will be reached if continued initiatives are carried out in seven areas: better capacity utilization, more efficient fuel use, an increased proportion of biofuel, more electric vehicles, rail transports, fewer air transports and building-related initiatives such as the purchase of green electricity and measures to reduce energy use.”
Carbon dioxide emissions biggest impact
Carbon dioxide emissions from road transports with both PostNord’s and others’ vehicles comprise the Group’s biggest environmental impact. Reducing these emissions is thus an essential part of reaching the environmental target.
“The better we get at driving fuel efficiently, filling vehicles and optimizing our routes, the lower our costs and emissions will be,” says Susanna Fink.
What external factors might influence efforts to reduce emissions moving forward?
“Many factors play a role. For example, changes to Swedish postal legislation would have an impact. If the requirement for overnight forwarding were eliminated, demand for air transports would fall. Access to biofuel like synthetic diesel plays a role, and of course, so does rail infrastructure. Limited capacity and inadequate maintenance of the Swedish and Norwegian rail network affect our ability to move goods over to rail.”
Since 2009, PostNord has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by around 23 percent.