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Paxsters - Leading the "Charge"

Paxsters - Leading the "Charge"

Paxsters - Leading the "Charge"

New Zealand Post

In a big challenge, New Zealand Post has made a commitment to reduce the carbon emissions of every parcel they deliver.

New Zealand Post’s operation generates close to 118,000 tonnes of CO2e a year and they’re already pretty sustainable, being CEMARS certified. The ground transport fleet (including couriers) generates approximately 50,000 tCO2e.

The organisation has set an efficiency target of a 15 per cent reduction in carbon emission per parcel (from 2015-2020) and a 20 per cent reduction through 2013-2025, which is an international best practice goal for the postal sector. Their targets through to 2030 and 2050 will also aim for sustainable growth.

As parcel volumes grow as a result of more online shopping, New Zealand Post requires more delivery capacity. This equals more vehicles on the roads and more duplication, as posties and couriers can find themselves both delivering to the same street on the same day. Apart from business efficiency issues, this also risks increased carbon emissions.

To tackle this, New Zealand Post has introduced the use of specialist electric vehicles called ‘Paxsters’. The vehicles can carry more mail and parcels and will reduce carbon emissions by a potential 6.5 per cent. There are currently 114 in regular use around the country.

The Paxster has a range of up to 80km, or six to eight hours on a full battery charge. Being electric it has zero tailpipe emissions. What’s more, 92 per cent of the vehicle is recyclable at end of life. For a video of the vehicle in operation see here.

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