Published on December 8, 2022
Updated on December 9, 2022

Since 2013, La Poste has been taking action to reduce its footprint by decarbonising its vehicles. It also promotes the integration of logistics facilities in cities in order to consolidate, optimise and pool flows. Solutions for urban logistics that are better integrated into cities.

postman driving a bicycle in a street

La Poste was one of the first companies in the world to set itself objectives in terms of the air pollution generated by its vehicle fleet. It achieved its commitments on reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 30% and particulate emissions by 50% between 2015 and 2020. It has set itself an even more ambitious target for 2025: a 60% reduction in both types of emissions compared with 2015.

The first

fully carbon-neutral postal operator (since 2019)

A 22%

reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions

at La Poste SA between 2013 and 2020

By 2025, Le Groupe La Poste aims to achieve 100% clean deliveries (zero and low emissions) in 350 cities across Europe, including the 22 largest French cities. Within the same time-frame, one in every two Colissimo¹ deliveries in France will be carbon-free. By 2030, some 50% of the miles travelled to make deliveries and collections will use low-carbon mobility modes.

Accelerating the deployment of La Poste's electric vehicles in cities

Since 2013, La Poste has reduced its GHG emissions from mail and parcel deliveries in France by 32%, thanks in part to the deployment of a fleet of 37,000 electric vehicles.

37,000

electric vehicles

including 18,000 bicycles and 8,000 light commercial vehicles

La Poste will invest €200 million to acquire 8,000 light electric vehicles by 2025.

It already has more than 500 electric cargo bikes and trailers, and will have 1,000 goods-transport bikes by 2025.

A total of 70% of deliveries are made by cargo bikes and 30% by low-emission vehicles

Developing the fleet of low-carbon HGVs for medium and long distances

La Poste operates 5,000 heavy-goods vehicles to transport parcels and mail around France on a daily basis; consequently, road transport accounts for 42% of its greenhouse gases. 

The Group will invest €400 million to convert its HGV fleet to low-carbon energy. At the same time, the Group also aims to support its 600 partner carriers in transforming their vehicle fleets.

In addition to the biogas and biofuels currently deployed, the use of battery-powered and hydrogen-based electric motors will be prioritised. This will represent the major part of the energy mix by 2040.

post man in front of a frenc post van

Consolidating and optimising deliveries in cities

In order to pool its flows, La Poste has created consolidation platforms (called Urban Logistics Hubs (HLU) on the outskirts of cities. These are supported by logistics sites called "pooling centres" (CDM) with surface areas of 2,000 to 4,000m² in the cities. These pooling centres (CDM) receive deliveries from heavy-goods vehicles. The loads delivered by HGV can then be re-dispatched to the urban logistics areas (ELU) for final delivery using a soft transport mode (cargo bikes). They can also be pooled for larger customers. By centralising deliveries from different suppliers, La Poste has replaced the need for numerous deliveries by underloaded (and often more polluting) trucks with a single optimised delivery using a clean truck.

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Urban logistics hub (HLU) in Strasbourg

Toulouse logistics hub

Urban logistics area (ELU) in Louvres

A last-mile operator such as Urby can further optimise each journey. By taking care of the waste disposal process², from the collection to the recycling of waste, it ensures that each delivery vehicle that enters a city also leaves with a full load.

Four urban logistics areas and 3 delivery agencies can deliver more than 50,000 Colissimo parcels a day in the city-centre of Paris.

(1)Colissimo is the French market leader for parcel deliveries to private consumers (for parcels under 30 kg). In 2021, Colissimo delivered 505 million parcels. Between 2013 and 2021, Colissimo reduced its carbon emissions by 32%.

(2)Excluding household waste