PostNord – Fully electric parcel deliveries
PostNord delivers parcels in the Helsinki city centre and its surrounding areas with fully electric delivery vans. The aim is to reduce climate emissions, local emissions, and urban noise. Instead of PostNord’s terminal, the delivery vans depart from Tripla’s city hub in Pasila. The complete number of electric vehicles will be increased in Finland in the near future, especially in urban areas.
It is a great concern that PostNorth wants to solve which is saving hundred thousand tones CO2 per year, saving costs and time while achieving higher performance in parcel delivery. Amazing to see the efforts of the company setting up higher goals and try to achieve a more responsible future for its customers.
It is a project to be committed to and I believe it is theoretically replicable by other large organizations that are active in logistic industry.
However, as a sustainability expert, I must draw attention on the fact that in many countries in Northern Europe, such as Finland, we can see the electricity used for EVs is not 100% green. For example, in 2020 in Finland, 36% of the total energy consumption including electricity, heating and transport was based on coal, oil and natural gas, while only 8% from hydropower and wind.
This electricity mixed sourcing is in my opinion affecting the entire sustainability of EVs and therefore not deemed as long term and sustainable solution today.
PostNord took the fact action towards cleaner cities by creating efficient routes and using electric cars, we all should act in similar way in our businesses and private trips. Being in the avangarde of clean cities PostNord will create a better world for all of us.
With the growth of e-commerce, parcel traffic in dense and busy urban areas will continue to increase. PostNord wants to be actively involved in solving problems related to climate emissions caused by logistics, local urban emissions and urban noise. PostNord’s climate goal is to offer fully fossil-free transportation services by 2030. Fully electric delivery vans are one step toward achieving this goal.
In addition to the use of electricity, the routes run from the city hub have been carefully optimised. Avoiding unnecessary driving kilometres is an important part of PostNord’s climate work, so even if the energy source is renewable, no more energy is used than is absolutely necessary.
With the help of fully electric vehicles, parcel deliveries are made without emissions. The annual reduction in CO2 emissions is 100,000 kg. The use of electric vehicles also reduces local emissions in urban areas and lowers the noise level caused by urban traffic.
With the new city hub located in a central location, 400 driving kilometres are saved every day as compared to delivering from PostNord’s terminal in Vantaa, the location of which is based on the needs of heavy traffic.
PostNord founded a city hub in Tripla, Pasila from where all parcels to the Helsinki city centre and its surrounding areas are delivered. The distribution fleet of ten delivery vans consists entirely of fully electric vehicles that are charged with green electricity at the city hub. Five of the vans are Mercedes-Benz eVito vans and five are Citroën ë-Jumpy vans.