An initiative of the Austrian Postal Service for global climate protection

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Thanks to the CO2 neutrality initiative, the Austrian Postal Service has been able to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% in recent years. In addition, the Postal Service has been compensating all emissions since 2011, which can not be avoided.

The Austrian Postal Service annually consumes 142 million kWh in its buildings. The 9,200 vehicles annually require close to 15 million litres of fuel. In order to deliver each and every letter, package and mailshot, the Austrian Postal Service emits about 70,000 tons of CO2 per year.

The Austrian Postal Service is aware of its responsibility towards the environment. Therefor the company always looks for potentials and implements measure to minimise the CO2 footprint of its buildings and its vehicle fleet. In the buildings the company among others focuses on a conversion to LED lighting concepts. The entire energy used in the buildings originates from renewable energy sources. Moreover, the Austrian Postal Service produces energy with two photovoltaic plants. The vehicle fleet is modernised by increasing the number of electric cars in the fleet. About 1,450 e-cars are already in use in Austria. Likewise, the modernisation of the conventional fleet is forced constantly. By increasing efficiency and the use of alternative energy the Austrian Postal Service achieved to reduce CO2 from 100,000 tons to 70,000 tons throughout the last few years.

Since 2011 the company additionally compensates all emissions, which could not be avoided. This happens by supporting national and international climate protection projects. With this package of measures the Austrian Postal Service is able to deliver all letters, packages and mailshots CO2 neutral. The customers of the Austrian Postal Service have the possibility to improve their CO2 balance through the “CO2 neutral delivery”-initiative. The implementation of this initiative did not result in any price raises – neither for private nor for business customers. In order to insure the quality of the initiative, the entire initiative is overseen and tested by independent experts from TÜV Austria. All this makes the Austrian Postal Service a pioneer in the area of “green” logistics.

“Green” Vienna

The e-vehicles of the Austrian Postal Service and bicycles main areas of use are in the metropolitan areas and Vienna in particular. 160 e-vehicles ensure that 99% of mailings in Vienna are delivered CO2 neutral. As a result, global CO2 emissions and local pollutant emissions and noise pollution can be avoided and the quality of life in the city of Vienna further improved.


Daniel-Sebastian Mühlbach

Österreichische Post AG


Website: Post AG

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