With the ambition of ensuring sustainable logistics to 225 European cities, including 77 in France by 2025, Chronopost, the French leader in express delivery of parcels weighing less than 30 kg and member of the La Poste group is accelerating the deployment of low-emission vehicles. After Grand Paris in 2019 and 16 major French metropolises in 2020, it is now the turn of 24 new cities to benefit from delivery entirely covered by clean energy fleets featuring natural gas and electric vehicles.
Faced with the exponential growth of e-commerce observed for years and reinforced by the effects of the health crisis, the volume of parcels continues to grow, resulting in an increasing number of delivery vehicles in city centers. Chronopost is adding 360 low-emission vehicles to its current fleet to reach a total of more than 1,000 green vehicles now distributed in 41 cities.
In addition to its major advances in the last mile, Chronopost wants to reduce the impact of its medium and long distance journeys by deploying heavy trucks running on natural gas. From October 2021, Chronopost operates around 60 daily routes on CNG, which represents 36% of HGV routes in Ile-de-France and 400,000 km per year.
These trucks with lower fine particle emissions will replace diesel trucks used until now to deliver parcels from Chronopost hubs located on the outskirts of cities, and branches located in or near city centers. With this change, more and more packages will be handled by low-emission vehicles across the entire transport chain, from collection to delivery to long-distance distribution. The goal is that 20% of all routes are made by CNG and bio-CNG heavy trucks at the national level by 2025.
“Chronopost delivers around one million parcels per day. Because of our leading position in express parcel transport in France, it is essential for us to reduce our environmental footprint and create a ripple effect for the sector. This commitment is not new: we had already reduced our CO2 emissions per package by 25% between 2015 and 2020. But one of our greatest pride is to have managed to maintain and intensify our efforts despite the health crisis,” said Martin Piechowski, Chairman of Chronopost.
Source: La Poste