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Our yellow sustainability package

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Österreichische Post has been serious about sustainability for quite some time. Österreichische Post AG was the first postal services company to guarantee CO2-neutral delivery to its clients. This was back in 2011.

To learn more about this process and the steps we take, please visit post.at/co2neutral.

As part of our sustainability strategy, we introduced a series of sustainability activities that goes beyond environmental issues such as sustainability to include diversity and customer orientation.

 

CO2-neutral delivery - how to make it happen

Our CO2-neutral delivery relies first and foremost on the following factors:

  1. Avoiding emissions and increasing efficiency: a sophisticated fleet and energy optimisation for buildings
  2. Increased use of alternative technologies: expansion of our fleet of electric vehicles, renewable energy
  3. Offsetting unavoidable emissions

  1. Post E fleet

    Electric vehicle fleet

    With close to 3,000 electric vehicles, Österreichische Post has the largest fleet of electric vehicles in Austria. We are swiftly moving towards achieving 100% CO2-free delivery by 2030. The energy needed for running these vehicles comes from our own photovoltaic systems. Things are clearly going in the right direction because as soon as 2024, we will stop buying vehicles with combustion engines so that our delivery will be fully CO2 free by 2030. Eas early as in 2018, we submitted this goal in the form of an "EV100 objective" to the international organisation "ClimateGroup".

  2. Logo CO2 neutral

    CO2 free by 2030

    We invest in e-mobility and alternative propulsion systems in order to achieve our self-defined goal of reaching fully CO2-free delivery by 2030 by using only vehicles with alternative propulsion systems on the last mile.
    And wherever we don't use vehicles, we deliver mail on foot because many delivery persons rely on their delivery cart, meaning that they have been providing CO2-free delivery for a long time.

  3. City Hub Graz delivery person*in on bike with trailer

    Graz City Hub

    In major cities, we are already working at making CO2-neutral delivery a reality. In the city of Graz, we have made especially good progress because Graz is now the only city in Austria that actually has CO2-free delivery. This makes Graz a successful pilot project that will be replicated at other major cities. And wherever we don't use vehicles, we deliver mail on foot because many delivery persons rely on their delivery cart, meaning that they have been providing CO2-free delivery for a long time.
    Our commitment to emissions-free city logistics is being recognised. Among others, Österreichische Post has received the 2021 Transport Logistics Award in the “sustainability” category. At the 2021 National Awards for Environmental and Energy Technology, this innovative project was honoured with a nomination in the “Environment and climate” category.

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Österreichische Post services that save trips and CO2

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Parcel forwarding

Are you expecting a parcel and know that you will not be home? Not a problem! Just forward the parcel to wherever it’s convenient for you, anywhere in Austria. This is one of our many services that save trips and ultimately CO2. In 2021, our customers saved a total of 539 tons of CO2 by picking up their parcels at a pickup station.

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Release delivery authorisation

Would you like to receive your items even if you are not home? Use our release delivery authorisation to make it happen. Depending on the size, we will deposit your items either in your postbox or at a spot of your choice at your home. This will save unnecessary trips and CO2. In 2021, our customers saved a total of 1,223 tons of CO2 with release delivery authorisations.

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AllesPost

How about receiving all your parcels through Austrian Post? This is now possible with our AllesPost service. No matter which delivery service was supposed to deliver your parcel, with your AllesPost address you will be sure to receive all your items through Austrian Post. This will save you trips to the parcel shop while saving CO2.

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Climate action in line with scientific findings

Climate protection has been on our agenda for a long time. As early as in 2017, we were the second Austrian company to set a science-based climate goal. This climate reduction goal was reviewed and accepted by the Target Initiative, which is an independent science-based organisation. In 2021, we started to revise our existing climate goal and to make an even more ambitious contribution to climate protection. The new goal will be to keep global warming under 1.5°C.

Postcast

Postcast

We all receive parcels from Österreichische Post. Whether it's from online shops, Christmas gifts or as a surprise from a loved one. But what actually happens with our parcels before the wait is finally over and we receive them at a postal branch, pickup station, or from a delivery person?
This podcast wants to get to the bottom of things by asking someone who knows best: a parcel, on its way from Vienna to Graz.

 
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We walk the talk.

Österreichische Post’s yellow sustainability package includes plenty of green activities, from the expansion of photovoltaic systems to our green space concept. Sustainability is a top priority for us and has been on the everyday agenda of Österreichische Post for a long time.

 

  1. Man walking through photovoltaic system

    Photovoltaics

    Österreichische Post ranks among the largest operators of photovoltaic systems in Austria. More and more roofs at our logistics locations sport solar panels. These panels are now the standard for any newly built logistics centre. Photovoltaic systems rely on the power of the sun to produce green energy that is, among others, used to power our steadily increasing fleet of electronic vehicles. As of today, our photovoltaic systems produce 2.5 million kilowatt-hours of green energy per year. To cover additional energy needs, we exclusively purchase green energy from Austria.

  2. Photovoltaic system from above

    Green space concept

    A successful sustainability strategy needs a matching green space concept. Österreichische Post facilities are increasingly turning into a habitat for animals and plants. Since 2018, we have had beehives at our Vienna letter mail centre. This forward-looking green space concept not only has a positive effect on the fauna and flora as well as the local climate, but is also much appreciated by our employees. On the green roof of the Vienna letter mail centre, the rare and endangered crested lark has found just the habitat it needs and has been living there for several years.

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    Packaging cycle

    When it comes to maintaining the value of products and materials as long as possible, logistics plays an important role. In addition to the reduction of corporate waste, packaging has moved into the spotlight as a result of booming e-commerce. Packaging comes in all shapes and sizes. Österreichische Post has teamed up with renowned research institutions to explore green packaging that will meet our customers' high demands. Our Österreichische Post reusable box is a long-standing success story. These boxes can be stacked, are safe for shipping, and obviously reusable.

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Re:Post

Re:Post is the Österreichische Post upcycling project introduced in 2020. Design students teamed up with the industrial and textile designer Lisa Klingersberger to find ideas for turning the discarded uniforms of 12,000 Österreichische Post employees into new clothes and articles of daily use. The results of this project will be made ready for series production in collaboration with workshops that support people with special needs. In 2021, discarded delivery bags were upcycled during the Poolbar Festival in Vorarlberg.

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