Collaborating for action
Royal Mail’s size, scale and reputation means it can play a positive role leading and championing change. Royal Mail is committed to supporting and educating its customers, employees and communities to transition to net zero and drive industry change through innovative partnerships and collaborations. Some of the steps the company is taking include:
- Calling for industry-wide reporting on CO2e per parcel so customers can make an informed decision.
- Collaborating to drive Net Zero through business and policy.
- Partnering with vehicle manufacturers to look at all commercial vehicles, from vans to articulated vehicles as well as new fuel types, not just electric.
Our Steps to zero journey
How Royal Mail are delivering for the future
We are committed to providing sustainable services for our customers and communities as we deliver against our environmental ambitions.
We are working hard to reduce the emissions of our operations. Building on our network of on-foot deliveries, we are also rolling out electric vehicles, and trialling vehicle and building technology such as renewable energy generation to help reduce our emissions even further.
We have also started the roll out of all-electric delivery offices, meaning all deliveries from these locations are zero emission. We are also using 100% renewable electricity across our estate.
We have the UK’s largest electric fleet of any major UK parcel operator, with around 1,600 electric vans in service today and 5,500 expected by spring 2023.
We continue to trial other alternative fuel vehicles such as micro electric and hydrogen vehicles, as well as other delivery models – including delivery by drone!
Our 'Feet on the Street' network of over 90,000 postmen and women means that we are able to collect your parcel whilst we are out delivering, overall resulting in fewer emissions and less congestion from any additional journeys needed to post your parcel.
Unique to Royal Mail, three quarters of our parcel deliveries are made purely by foot or through a park and loop method, combining low mileage van movements and on-foot delivery. You could say our deliveries are powered by posties!
Please take a look at our 2021-22 Environment, Social and Governance Report report.
We are working to implement the recommendations of the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures, ensuring we have the right governance, risk management, strategy and metrics in place to address the impacts of climate change on our business.
We have identified five of the Goals that are particularly relevant to the priority areas for our business. We will focus on making progress against these Goals through our work in areas such as health, safety and wellbeing, our community programmes, our diversity and inclusion programmes and the implementation of our environmental strategy.