Renewable energySwiss Post relies on renewable energy
Swiss Post relies on four types of renewable energy: hydro, solar, wind and biogas. Since 2008 Swiss Post has obtained all the electricity it requires from renewable sources: mostly hydro power and to some extent wind power from the Swiss Jura. Swiss Post actively follows developments in alternative drive technologies.
Picture: Juvent SA/BKW FMB Energie AG
Dwindling fossil-energy reserves, high energy prices and the challenges presented by climate change all make renewable energy ever more attractive. Having realized this, Swiss Post has therefore obtained all of its electricity from hydro and wind power since 2008 - from sources in Switzerland starting immediately. Wherever technically feasible, Swiss Post buildings will be fitted with photovoltaic systems. More than 20 locations are being reviewed. If all of them can be implemented, this would result in electricity production of around five gigawatt hours per year. All the electricity for its electric scooter fleet, which comprises approximately 3,500 vehicles, comes from renewable energy sources in Switzerland, more precisely from wind power from the Swiss Jura.
Innovations sought for goods and passenger transport
Over the longer term, we would like to become ever less dependent on fossil fuels, including in goods and passenger transport. We therefore follow innovations and alternative drive technologies with great interest. In cooperation with manufacturers, we regularly test new vehicle models that help reduce climate and environmental impacts. We also monitor developments in fuels such as biofuels and biogas. Since 2011 Swiss Post has consistently been using only locally-produced, climate-friendly biogas to power its gas-driven vehicles.
Modern heating technologies for Swiss Post buildings
We are making greater use of products and technologies based on renewable forms of energy. To heat our buildings, we are turning more and more frequently to innovative solutions that use district heating or geothermal energy wherever possible. In PostFinance's computer centres, we have deployed heat pumps and use the waste heat.