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

Le groupe La Poste is committed to preserving the quality of life in cities and has therefore reinforced its commitment and expertise to tackle air pollution. The group has set ambitious objectives and is adapting the fleet of vehicles it uses for urban delivery operations, which are central to the issue.

Improve air quality

Even before the introduction of regulations imposed by the French Mobility Orientation Act (LOM) and the creation of low-emission zones (ZFE) in France, La Poste had set targets for reducing the emissions of its vehicle fleet. It was one of the first companies in the world to set itself objectives with regard to air pollution.

A total of 79% of the Véhiposte(1) fleet is now made up of EURO 5 or 6 vehicles(2)

Even before the introduction of regulations imposed by the French Mobility Orientation Act (LOM) and the creation of low-emission zones (ZFE) in France, La Poste had set targets for reducing the emissions of its vehicle fleet. It was one of the first companies in the world to set itself objectives with regard to air pollution.

As provided for in its strategic plan, by the end of 2022, La Poste will set new emissions targets as regards air pollution (NOx and particles) in Europe, not just in France. It plans to implement the same policy concerning the emissions of its subcontractors' fleets.

Measure our Local Air Pollutant emissions

In 2015, in collaboration with ADEME and France Environnement, La Poste set up a system for monitoring emissions of the four pollutants that are regulated under the Euro standard. The monitoring scheme covers the entire fleet of vehicles managed by Véhiposte, a subsidiary of the group.

Take action to promote sustainable cities

La Poste has achieved reductions in emissions thanks to several actions,which include :

  • eco-driving training courses;

  • renewal of the fleet with vehicles that consume less fuel and emit fewer pollutants;

  • increase in the number of electric vehicles and other low-emission, green-delivery vehicles

55%

of mail delivery rounds

are done by bike or by foot

To make cities more sustainable, La Poste is also working on reducing noise pollution in last-mile deliveries (engine noise, tyre friction on road surfaces, etc.).

The group has notably replaced combustion-engine vehicles with electric/GNV vehicles, or renewed them according to the latest European "Euro" standards.

Other actions are also being implemented through the development of cycle-based transport and delivery solutions using Pickup lockers.

La Poste has also established itself as a partner to local authorities as regards monitoring air quality. 

To do this, the group draws on the fixed and mobile sensors deployed across its huge postal network (vehicles and offices), enabling real-time air quality monitoring, through its subsidiary Geoptis.

DPDGroup has also launched an air-quality measurement programme that will be deployed in 20 European cities by the  end of 2022.

(1)The manager of the group La Poste's vehicle fleet

(2)In relation to the Euro V standard, the Euro VI standard imposes a further reduction in emissions: 80% for nitrogen oxides, 50% for particle emissions and over 70% for hydrocarbons, in terms of threshold values.