Lin­fox helps drive Aus­post ef­fi­ciency plan

Australian Transport News - - NEWS -

Aus­tralia Post says em­brac­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able op­tions into the fu­ture will help it save $10 mil­lion ev­ery year, as it aims to cut emis­sions to 25 per cent of its 2000 lev­els by 2020.

Com­pany chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Janelle Hop­kins made the com­ments on the re­lease of Aus­tralia Post’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Ac­tion Plan 2018-2020, which the com­pany says will help it shape fu­ture ac­tiv­i­ties that will lead to long-term sus­tain­abil­ity, and reach its 2020 tar­get of 261,327 tonnes of car­bon emis­sions.

The com­pany cut emis­sions from 348,436 tonnes in 2000 to 279,737 tonnes in 2016-17, de­spite a rise in do­mes­tic par­cel vol­umes.

“We are see­ing im­me­di­ate re­turns as we un­lock re­new­able en­ergy at some of our busiest sites, which helps to in­su­late the busi­ness against ris­ing en­ergy prices,” Hop­kins says.

“In the last eight years we have been work­ing to ag­gres­sively re­duce our car­bon foot­print, even go­ing be­yond our own sites to ac­count for our third-party sup­ply chain.”

Among these moves are a part­ner­ship with Lin­fox, to move “as much freight as pos­si­ble to rail”, and a new tech­nol­ogy to sort suit­able parcels di­rectly to trail­ers.

“The den­sity of freight within loose-loaded trail­ers has been in­creased by more than 93 per cent, re­duc­ing our re­quire­ment for prime movers and fuel,” the plan says.

An­other ini­tia­tive, to use more fuel-ef­fi­cient mo­tor­cy­cles, had helped save 1.2 mil­lion tonnes of fuel, or $1.4 mil­lion, an­nu­ally and helped the com­pany be­come 62 per cent more fuel ef­fi­cient since 2013. Aus­tralia Post says the use of elec­tric mail bi­cy­cles have en­abled posties to reach 1,000 de­liv­ery points and cover up to 35km in a day, while the first tri­als of elec­tric vans and three­wheeled elec­tric ve­hi­cles could see this tech­nol­ogy im­ple­mented across the com­pany in the fu­ture.

An­other move to in­creased ef­fi­ciency is the in­stal­la­tion of so­lar pan­els at some 49 com­pany sites, in­clud­ing the Syd­ney Parcels Fa­cil­ity, which Aus­tralia Post says helps save it some $800,000 per year.

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