Sunday 21 April 2019

An Post to bring in 750 zero emissions vehicles for urban fleet by 2022

  • All deliveries in Dublin City will be by electric vehicles by end of 2019 as part of efforts to battle climate change
An Post is set to bring in 750 zero emissions vehicles for their urban fleet Stock photo
An Post is set to bring in 750 zero emissions vehicles for their urban fleet Stock photo
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

ALL An Post deliveries in Dublin City Centre will be made using zero emission vehicles by the end of the year as part of the company's efforts to battle climate change.

It has also announced that zero emission postal deliveries to Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford will be in place by the end of 2020.

An Post is investing in 750 electric vehicles - both delivery vans and cycles - to replace its urban fleet by 2022 with 200 of these on the streets this year.

There is to be "eco-driving" training for all drivers  to ensure best practise driving in all vehicles and for all road and weather conditions.

In all, initiatives to be introduced this year will save 1,000 tonnes of carbon a year.

Communications, climate action and environment minister Richard Bruton said An Post is "leading by example" in "recognising the urgency of taking action in adapting to the changes that are needed" to combat climate change.

He said: “We must step up Ireland’s response to climate disruption.

"It is vital that every aspect of our society seek ways to reduce their carbon impact and the public service and our semi-state bodies must be the first to show that it takes policies for sustainability seriously, if we are to persuade the rest of society to make the step changes which we need to make.”

An Post chief executive David McRedmond said his company is moving from the "old world of mail to the new world of e-commerce" and that sustainability has to be the guiding principle for the business.

He said: "An Post is transforming for generations to come: as a major employer with a huge fleet footprint, this demands responsible climate action with this commitment to carbon-free delivery.”

Meanwhile, the two electric vehicle charging points have been installed at Leinster House and there are plans to roll out further charging points in the near future.

The Leinster House charging points will be available to the An Post electric vans.

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