Royal Mail have announced the launch of their first Delivery Office in Scotland to feature an all electric fleet of collection and delivery vehicles as the UK prepares to launch the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. The Delivery Office is just a short walk across the River Clyde from the Scottish Event Campus, where the COP26 Climate Summit is due to be held.
The G51 Delivery Office in the Govan area of the city has had its 13 diesel delivery and collection vans replaced by fully electric equivalents – comprising the Office’s entire collection and delivery fleet. Two micro electric vehicles will also be joining the fleet as the Company steps up its drive to further reduce emissions associated with its operations. These micro electric vehicles are roughly the size of a golf buggy or a quad bike, with a load size of between 1.2m3 and 2.0m3. They have the capacity to accommodate more than an average daily round’s worth of letters and small parcels.
With the UK’s largest “Feet on the Street” network of over 85,000 postmen and women, Royal Mail already has the lowest reported CO2e emissions per parcel amongst major UK delivery companies. This move forms part of Royal Mail’s rollout of low or zero emission vehicles, designed to make the UK’s lowest reported CO2e emissions per parcel delivery even lower.
The Glasgow Delivery Office was selected because of the City’s plans for a Low Emissions Zone (LEZ), which will require vehicles to meet certain emissions standards to enter its centre. At present, other Delivery Offices across the UK are being considered for similar fleet makeovers in coming months – particularly those in places with existing Clean Air or Low Emissions Zones, or with plans to introduce them.
“It’s fantastic news that we are able to transform the Glasgow G51 Delivery Office into the first Royal Mail ‘all-electric’ Delivery Office in Scotland. We always want to do the right thing by the communities we serve in terms of keeping our emissions as low as we can, and this is another important step in that direction. This is all in addition to our amazing posties delivering the mail by walking the streets of course.”
– Simon Thompson, Chief Executive Officer at Royal Mail