Royal Mail reduces emissions with efficiency boosting tech

By Georgia Wilson
By installing efficiency boosting technology across its fleet, Royal Mail aims to further reduce its emissions...

As part of its latest efforts towards sustainable operations, Royal Mail has begun to roll out telemetry technology into an additional 11,000 small vans to encourage fuel efficient driving styles. It’s latest expansion will be harnessing Trimble’s Telemetry system.

With ambitions to complete the initiative later this year, Royal Mail details that in doing so, the majority of the Royal Mail fleet will be fitted with the technology to reduce its carbon emissions. 

In addition to the installation, all new Royal Mail collection and delivery vans going forward will contain some form of telemetry technology.

Why Royal Mail chose Telemetry technology

By monitoring a driver’s acceleration, speed, turning and braking patterns to give positive feedback, telemetry systems encourage more fuel efficient and safer driving styles.

“Harsh braking and acceleration wears tyres quicker and generally produces higher emissions. In the Trimble telemetry system, real-time feedback is provided to the driver on all of these points. This information is used to compile regular reports, which then create positive, tailored coaching for drivers in each Royal Mail Delivery Office involved,” states Royal Mail.

Since 2019, its system has saved Royal Mail 177,000 litres of fuel, leading to a reduction of 459 tonnes of carbon emissions. 

Royal Mail: committed to reducing its carbon emissions

This latest initiative forms part of the Royal Mail’s ongoing commitments to reducing its emissions. Having the largest ‘feet on the street’ network of 90,000 postmen and women in the UK, resulting in the company having the lowest reported carbon emissions per parcel among major UK delivery companies.

“As a Company, we are committed to making changes to our operations that reduce our environmental impact. The wide-scale expansion of telemetry in our fleet enables us to ensure our drivers are given positive feedback and training on how to drive in the safest and most environmentally-conscious way possible, while allowing us to continue to deliver letters and parcels safely, efficiently and responsibly,” said James Baker, Chief Engineer and Fleet Director at Royal Mail.

“Sustainability is one of the defining issues of our generation. By expanding the use of Trimble’s integrated fleet, driver and mapping solutions across its fleet, Royal Mail will have the real-time telemetry tools needed to reach its long-term operational sustainability goals. Trimble is excited to be part of Royal Mail’s journey to help reduce its environmental impact while delivering first-rate service,” added Rob Painter, Trimble President and CEO.

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