Protecting the environment

Protecting the environment

World Environment Day is on 5 June 2021. The purpose of the day is to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. 

Across the Post Office business

What we’ve done

  • Renewable energy: Post Office now only uses renewable electricity across all our Post Office sites.
  • Removal of Plastic Bank Note Envelopes: We’ve taken out 20 tonnes of plastic (equivalent to 2,400,000 plastic carrier bags) from the network but we appreciate this has caused a problem for some Postmasters and we continue to work through this.
  • Introduction of telemetry: Telemetry equipment has been installed the vehicles that travel hundreds of miles each day to deliver cash to you. Year on year fuel consumption has decreased by 6% since 2018/19.

What we’re doing

  • POS allocation: branches often told us we were sending too many printed materials and some were being thrown away which was a waste of resources. A new system has been set up so you can tell us exactly what printed/digital marketing materials and sizes you require and we’ll only send you what you need. Tell us what you need for your branch here.
  • Vehicle emissions: 30% of the most inefficient vehicles in supply chain were replaced during the 2019/20 financial year, with all new vehicles meeting the Euro 6 emissions standard, demonstrating an increase of almost 100% in fuel efficiency. We plan to increase this further over time

We need to be a responsible business and play our part. 

Postmasters are also making important changes and saving money along the way.

Saving money and saving the planet – how Bache branch are embracing energy-saving technology
One of the biggest costs independent retailers face is electricity bills. Here is Postmaster Kevin Elson from Bache branch, North West and North Wales region sharing his experience of upgrading to energy-saving technology in his branch. By making this important change, Kevin has reduced his electricity bills by about 40%! 

Hear more from Kevin below…

What made you look into investing in low-energy lighting?
Kevin: Going through the accounts I noticed that electricity was one of our biggest overheads. We are limited in what we can do without changing the hardware in the branch, so I looked into replacing some of the old fluorescent lights with modern LEDs. Turned out we could save quite a bit of cash so I chose to invest in new kit.

What did you put in place and what did it cost?
Kevin: I replaced the fluorescent tubes in the store lighting with LED flat panel lighting and replaced the emergency lighting with new LED bulkhead lights that run on 5 watts and meet our fire risk assessment requirements. It’s reduced my consumption from nearly 3000 watts to less than 900. The total cost was £1,400 and a local electrician fitted and tested everything in one day.

Is it paying off?
Kevin: Definitely! My electricity bill is down by about 40% so with the savings of £160 a month the upgrades will have paid for themselves in under 12 months. As we have electric heating, I’ll notice the saving even more when we come to spring and summer and I’m using less heat too.

What’s next?
Kevin: We can still reduce our usage further I look at replacing the refrigeration lighting, staff/stockroom area and outside security lighting. After that, the next phase is to look at an efficient heating system that is also cost effective and again helps to reduce our carbon footprint as well as reducing utility bills.

There’s lots of advice available online about reducing your energy consumption in a retail environment. But beware of scammers who promise unrealistic savings – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, always check suppliers and ask for proper credentials like a registered company number or Gas Safe registration. 

Finally, I’ve also started to introduce media screens into the office. Post Office as a business spends a huge amount on Point of Sale marketing materials, by introducing the screens I can reduce the number of posters required in branch therefore helping the business reduce its costs and carbon footprint whilst improving its green credentials.