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PostNL adds 4 million litres of biofuel to European diesel network to reduce emissions

Dutch logistics company PostNL is implementing a new strategy to reduce its carbon footprint for European deliveries. On April 22nd, 2024, the company announced it will be adding four million litres of HVO100 biofuel to the existing diesel network across Europe.

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HVO100 is a renewable biofuel that significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional diesel fuel. PostNL estimates this initiative will cut their carbon emissions by 12 kilotonnes annually.

This approach targets the challenge of sustainable long-haul transportation. While PostNL prioritises electric vehicles and alternative methods for local deliveries, electric trucks are not yet a widespread option for long distances. Additionally, the availability of HVO100 biofuel itself is limited outside the Netherlands.

PostNL’s solution involves strategically adding HVO100 to the existing diesel network. This indirect approach allows them to leverage existing infrastructure while still achieving emission reductions.

“We were looking for an innovative solution to use HVO100 and found it by setting a new standard, hoping that this initiative will inspire others. Going forward, we’ll be buying as much in biofuels as we’d need to cover all our international road transport in Europe, and this will be added to Europe’s diesel network from today. This solution reduces as much in the way of emissions as if our trucks were able to run on HVO100 directly. It’s a major move that I’m immensely proud of. Working closely with our customers, last-mile partners and the entire logistics sector, we want to help make all of Europe’s road transport more sustainable – and this initiative enables us to set a good example. All our customers directly benefit from these reduced carbon emissions, at no extra costs,” said Tijs Reumerman, Managing Director for PostNL’s Cross Border Solutions.

This move comes alongside PostNL’s goal of achieving a near-zero carbon footprint by 2040, a decade ahead of many climate agreements.