As the largest transport and delivery company in Finland, we play a major role in promoting sustainable logistics.
All of our delivery and transport services in Finland are Posti Green services that are carbon neutral for customers. They do not generate any CO2 emissions for customers because we compensate the remaining emissions by investing in certified climate projects.
However, our goal is to completely eliminate our emissions by 2030.
We will pursue this target especially by focusing on route planning, fill rates, combining deliveries, the fleet, alternative fuels and driving in an environmentally responsible manner.
We got very close to achieving our previous target in 2019. The previous target was to reduce emissions relative to net sales by 30 percent, using 2007 as the baseline. By the end of 2019, we had achieved a 28 percent reduction in emissions relative to net sales. Our absolute CO2 emissions decreased by more than 49,900 tCO2e between 2007 and 2019.
Transport and emissions from vehicles represent over 90 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions in Finland (161,388 tCO2e in 2019).
Reducing the emissions generated by vehicles is primarily achieved through the use of renewable fuels and electric vehicles. We switched to renewable diesel for the vans we use for e-commerce deliveries. This reduced the vehicle-specific emissions by more than 90 percent.
We reduce the emissions of heavy vehicles by using biogas and liquefied natural gas, for example. Our 10 new biogas trucks are entirely emission-free and each truck that uses liquefied natural gas reduces emissions by 24 percent.
We also transport freight for our customers in 19 giant HCT (High Capacity Transport) trucks. An HCT truck has approximately 30 percent more transport capacity compared to regular combination vehicles. Our use of HCT combinations reduces the total distance driven by 930 kilometers per day and more than 230,000 kilometers per year.
We will deploy 10 new electric vans for parcel delivery in 2020.
In mail delivery operations, the use of electric vehicles – including e-bikes, e-scooters, e-trolleys and electric cars – has been routine for several years now. We now reach more than 38 percent of households in Finland by electric vehicles. In 2020, we will deploy 50 new electric Kyburz delivery carts, for example.
We keep a close eye on the availability of various alternatives (renewable fuels and electricity) as part of our fleet renewal to achieve a perfect zero in emissions by the 2030 deadline.