GeoPost/DPDgroup joins an initiative, led by international non-profit organisation Climate Group, to accelerate the decarbonisation of its operations and encourage wider action across the road transport sector.
After recently announcing its ambition to reach net zero by 2040, GeoPost/DPDgroup is pushing ahead on its journey by tackling the decarbonisation of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs).
As a founding member of EV100+, the company commits to transitioning its fleet of vehicles over 7.5 tonnes to zero tailpipe emissions by 2040. The company will also target the exclusive procurement of such vehicles in the medium-duty segment by 2030.
According to Climate Group, MHDVs represent just 4% of all vehicles on the road globally but account for 40% of all road transport emissions and a third of total transport fuel use. These vehicles produced over 5% of total global CO2 emissions in 2019, predicted to increase to over 11% by 2050 if steps are not taken.
In line with its net zero by 2040 ambition, GeoPost/DPDgroup is working to transition and grow its fleet of MHDVs towards alternative powertrain technologies, notably electric and hydrogen. The company expects to increase its fleet of alternative powertrain technologies to 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2040. GeoPost/DPDgroup is already running two electric trucks in Switzerland; one e-truck is expected to save 90 kilograms of CO2 per hundred kilometres covered compared to equivalent diesel-powered trucks, corresponding to 72 tonnes of CO2 saved per year.
EV100+ members are expected to submit, and regularly review, their roadmaps to 2040 and report annually to Climate Group on their progress. The commitment is based on the understanding that members will aim to source only renewable electricity and green hydrogen for recharging and refuelling its medium- and heavy-goods vehicles by 2040.