Published on November 8, 2022
Updated on November 16, 2022

La Poste Groupe's objective in relation to climate change is to contribute to achieving carbon neutrality. This is reflected through its proactive policy aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of its business activities and offsetting its residual emissions by investing in carbon reduction and sequestration projects(1), in France and abroad.

Windmills

1st

postal operator

to be 100% carbon neutral (since 2019)

22%

reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions

across the businesses of La Poste SA 2013 and 2020

Objectives in line with the Paris Agreement

Science Based Targets logo

In October 2021, the group La Poste signed the Business Ambition for 1.5°C of the Science-Based Targets initiative, which aims to achieve "  Net Zero Emissions" of greenhouse gases by 2050.

To achieve this, an ambitious carbon reduction and sequestration plan has been defined. This involves optimising energy use and improving the energy efficiency of its business activities.

In terms of carbon offsetting, the aim is to increase the involvement in sequestration projects.

Adopt green modes of transportation

DPD Zero emissions car

Reducing transport-related emissions is one of the group's major objectives. This involves both technological choices and behavioural changes. The Services-Mail-Parcels business unit and GeoPost/DPDgroup divisions are the main entities concerned by this. Vehicles powered by CNG (natural gas for vehicles) and BioCNG (gas obtained from the methanisation of various organic wastes), cargo bikes and 3-wheel scooters are gradually replacing combustion-engine vehicles, which are optimised in terms of their age and Euro standard.

To achieve Net Zero Emissions, the group has launched an " urban logistics " acceleration plan, notably with the deployment of 21 clean CNG vehicles, 20 electric 16-tonne vehicles and 200 cargo bikes in 2021.

The group La Poste also aims to deploy a responsible urban logistics plan by 2025, ensuring 100% clean deliveries (zero and low emissions) in 350 cities in Europe.

One of the largest electric-vehicle fleets in Europe 

With 37,846 electric vehicles, La Poste operates one of the largest fleets of electric vehicles in Europe. Thanks to the size of its fleet, the group has contributed to the development of a French electric-vehicle ecosystem. The group continues to take initiatives to develop this ecosystem to help combat climate change.

Optimisation of the group's industrial and logistics organisation

The Services-Mail-Parcels business unit is rationalising its national and regional transport routes by increasing the use of bulk loading (allowing 25% more parcels to be loaded on each journey), developing the use of swap bodies in trucks and optimising power-trains (83% of transport vehicles are now Euro VI). At GeoPost/DPD, the optimisation of trailer loading and itineraries improved the CO2 efficiency per parcel on long-haul routes by 7% between 2013 and 2020. This figure is expected to reach 30% by 2025.

Commitment to fighting climate change and sustainably managing energy

The business unit also takes effective action to help drive the ecological transition of the sector by selecting its suppliers and transport subcontractors according to CSR criteria.

Deployment of a "Sustainable Real Estate" policy

9,745

buildings

and 6.1 million m² of floor space

La Poste has a diverse portfolio of real estate, with assets located in every region of France, making its property-network quite unique. The energy consumption of these real-estate assets represents half of the group's energy footprint.

Since 2010, La Poste Immobilier (the group's real-estate division) has been a pioneer in terms of energy efficiency. For example, it has deployed a policy of certifying its logistics buildings and set up an ISO 50 001 certified energy-management system.

Since 2016, the entire portfolio has been using 100% renewable electricity.

By 2030, thanks to its ongoing actions, La Poste Immobilier expects to reduce the energy consumption of its real-estate portfolio by 20% (in relation to 2017) and to reduce its CO2 emissions by 35%.

A key role for positive-impact finance

La Banque Postale and its subsidiaries are involved in a number of sector-specific initiatives to promote more sustainable .

Moreover, La Banque Postale aims to establish itself as the European leader in positive-impact finance. Having been carbon-neutral in operational terms since 2018, it is committed to achieving " Zero net emissions " by 2040 across all its banking activities. As the first general fund manager with 100% Socially Responsible Investments (SRI), it was also the first financial institution to sign up to the 1.5° C pathway.

Share its expertise with customers

The group La Poste aims to share its expertise with private individuals and companies to help them accelerate their own transition in the field of mobility. It provides them with several postal services:

  • fleet management and car-sharing solutions with Véhiposte;

  • co-working with Startway;

  • long-term rental of electric utility vehicles for professionals with Movivolt ;

  • first and last-mile logistics with Log'issimo;

  • long-term rental of electrically-assisted bicycles with Bemobi and Veligo from IDF Mobilité;

  • urban logistics with Urby.

(1)Carbon sequestration projects aim to create carbon sinks to capture greenhouse gases from the atmosphere using natural solutions (reforestation, agroforestry, mangroves, etc.).

(2)Net Zero Banking Alliance, Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative, Finance for Biodiversity Pledge, CDP signatory, PRB Commitment to Financial Health and Inclusion