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Groupe La Poste - Eco-Driving Training

Added on 22-03-2013


Groupe La Poste



Business challenge

To collect and distribute mail, La Poste uses a fleet of 42,000 vehicles the use of which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Transport is also a cause of accidents at work and reducing fuel consumption brings down the company's costs. One of the ways of responding to these challenges is to change behaviour behind the wheel. Individual training and awareness programmes for all the issues mentioned above will be provided. They will be a concrete application of the company's sustainable development strategy.


La Poste has decided to train all its 60,000 drivers in eco-driving, a more environmentally-friendly way of driving.

Eco-driving, based on a more flexible and more intelligent way of driving, produces fuel consumption (and therefore greenhouse gases) on average by between 5% and 15%.

This will represent a saving of between 10 and 30,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions once all postal staff have been trained.

La Poste has therefore launched a call for tender with employment agencies to recruit 10 instructors to train postal staff in this.

It then used Eco-Drive to train the 10 future instructors who went to Switzerland for four days to receive the theoretical and practical training.

To complete the deployment of this training for 60,000 drivers, La Poste fitted 10 Renault Kangoo's with an electronic sensor to monitor eco-driving indicators in real time (average consumption, total consumption, average speed, speed profile, etc...)

Since the beginning of June, the Group has been training 400 drivers a week. Training lasts for one half day for 4 staff members.

There are two stages: the trainee drives according to his own habits and then makes the same journey following the advice of the instructor.

After a preliminary test period in 2005/2006 (7% reduction in fuel consumption and therefore CO2 emissions over the geographic zones tested), the first 10,000 postal staff will be trained in eco-driving by the end of 2007.


  • postal worker by postal worker (60,000 people to train)
  • quite high turnover in this type of job
  • "reminder" necessary after 3 years
  • cost in regard of the target
  • availability of people and material

Challenges/Lessons learned:

  • Reduction in fuel costs
  • Reduction¬†in CO2 emissions
  • Reduction in stress at work for postal staff (more flexible and less stressful driving)
  • Reduction in accidents

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