Our environment

Royal Mail Group is committed to delivering a cleaner future. Environmental considerations are a fundamental part of the way we operate.

We are committed to providing sustainable solutions for our customers and communities as we deliver against our environmental ambitions. For governments, businesses and communities alike, the pandemic has led to a renewed sense of urgency around the impacts of climate change.


electric vans deployed by Royal Mail


reduction in CO2 emissions against our baseline year (2020)


gCO2e per parcel (lowest reported per parcel of any UK delivery company)

Net Zero

We will have a net zero carbon business by 2040.

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Royal Mail electric van

Clean air

We aim to take action to reduce emissions and improve the air quality in the communities in which we operate.

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Royal Mail postman delivering on foot in London near Tower Bridge

Responsible consumption

We will reduce the amount of natural resources our operations consume. We will work towards a circular economy, by cutting waste, pollution and emissions from our business.

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Royal Mail mail sorting machine
Current projects
Managing our environmental impacts

We have a robust structure in place to review and manage our environmental impact, including climate-related risks.

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Climate risks and opportunities

We are working to implement the recommendations of the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

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Sustainable development goals

We support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), recognising them as a common definition and roadmap for a better sustainable future.

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Queen's Canopy

We’re taking part in a unique UK-wide project in 2022, inviting people to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

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Going electric

Earlier in 2021, we announced a ten-fold increase in the number of electric vehicles in our fleet with plans to introduce around 3,000 additional electric vans throughout the UK.

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Other trials and projects we are working on
VN5 prototype electric van trial

Partnering with London Electric Vehicle Company to trial its new VN5 prototype electric van – based on a typical London taxi cab - for parcel and letter deliveries later this month.

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Turning our iconic red fleet green

Our iconic red trucks and vans are as familiar a sight on Britain’s roads as the famous post boxes.

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Royal Mail for the next generations

We’ve made big improvements in service quality for our customers.

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Drone trial

We’ve been trialling drone technology to see whether it can help us to better serve remote and island communities.

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How Royal Mail are delivering a sustainable future