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Annual Report Magazine FY 2015

AUSTRIAN POST ANNUAL REPORT 2015 59 Energy efficiency has long been a key focus of the com- pany’s policy. What has been the biggest success in this area in recent years? ANDREAS FREY: Above all the new photovoltaic facilities on the roofs of our logistics centres in Vienna and Allhaming have provided considerable impetus to the issue of energy efficiency in the company. We have been able to make considerable progress in our building technology not least because of this reason. Examples are the ongoing conversion of logistic centre lighting systems to LED technology and replacement of old heating units and hot water systems with new, energy-efficient devices. In this way we have succeeded in significantly reducing our energy consumption. Naturally the financial aspect is important in addition to the positive environmental impact. The realisation that energy efficiency can lead to sustainable savings is presumably one of the most important accomplishments in recent years, further underlining the impact of our efforts in this area. When do you think you will reach the limits of what can be done to enhance energy efficiency? It will take a long time to reach this point. We contin­ ually focus on identifying potential energy savings, and regularly come across areas where we can further optimise energy consumption. In 2015 we took advan­ tage of such opportunities to reduce energy use and developed appropriate measures we are now working on implementing. Austrian Post is currently building its new cor- porate headquarters in Vienna. The building has already been granted a sustainability certificate in the construction phase. What were your priorities in the planning process? From the very beginning the Post at Rochus project had its sights set on creating a modern and innovative working environment, in which we could achieve more with less energy. For this reason, we took many details into consideration with respect to the lighting concept as well as the heating, cooling and ventilation sys­ tems. They comprise the basis for the resource-saving operation of the building. We are also supporting our colleagues who ride their bicycles to work, for example by installing showers and secure bike racks. Andreas Frey, Head of Facility Management at Austrian Post, talks about important milestones on the path to increased energy efficiency. “ACHIEVE MORE WITH LESS ENERGY.” The greening of Vienna Another climate protection project implemented by Austrian Post in the field of mobility is its “Green Vienna” programme. By the end of 2016, the entire delivery of letters and direct mail items to private customers will be converted to elec­ tric-powered vehicles or carried out on foot. This goal has already been attained in 14 of Vienna’s 23 districts. The funding programme “klima:ak­ tiv­mobil” of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management as well as the Climate and Energy Fund of the Austrian Federal Government are officially sup­ porting Austrian Post’s ambitious efforts. Joining forces for climate protection In cooperation with the Austrian Federal Rail­ ways (ÖBB), Austrian Post has been working for a long time to strengthen electromobility, also with respect to public transportation. More spe­ cifically, it is involved in a lighthouse project of the ÖBB designed to sustainably link electromo­ bility and public transportation with each other. The project called “eMORAIL” enables commut­ ers to cover those stretches of their journey which are difficult or impossible to manage us­ ing public transportation in environmental­ ly-friendly e-vehicles. At the pilot site in Edlitz-Grimmenstein, Lower Austria, a commuter and Austrian Post share an electric-powered car. The commuter uses the ve­ hicle for driving from his home to the train sta­ tion and back. During the day Post employees deploy it for delivering letters and parcels. The commuter is free to use the vehicle the way he wants during the weekend. As a follow-up to this project, Austrian Post launched “E-Mob 2.0” in 2015 in cooperation with EMIL-Carsharing in Salzburg. An e-pow­ ered Nissan van is available to Austrian Post for its delivery operations between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., and can be used at all other times by pri­ vate EMIL customers. Efficient use of renewable energy Austrian Post’s efforts extend beyond its activi­ ties to promote electromobility. Since 2012 the company has been relying on electricity gener­ ated by renewable energy sources for its build­ ings. The electricity required by Austrian Post’s e-vehicle fleet is derived from its two own pho­ tovoltaic facilities. It operates a photovoltaic plant on the flat roof of the Vienna-Inzersdorf Logistics Centre with an output of 882 kWpeak. The second plant located on the roof of the All­ haming Logistics Centre boasts an output of 496 kWpeak. Each year the company’s own pow­ „ AUSTRIAN POST ANNUAL REPORT 201559

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