Asendia, the joint venture between La Poste and Swiss Post, has announced that it is now 100% carbon neutral.
Asendia has spent three years extending its sustainability strategy in response to growing concerns about the environmental impact of supply chain operations. In 2020, Asendia offset emissions on international transportation within and from Europe. The total offset was 50,990 tons of CO2 equivalents, which supported an EcoAct-verified wind farm project in India. In 2021, Asendia announced that it would offset emissions on international transportation worldwide.
As of 2022, not only will Asendia offset all of its international transport emissions, but it will also include first-mile collection, last-mile delivery, returns, building emissions, machinery and business travel. Off-setting from 2021 and 2022 will support another EcoAct-verified wind farm project, this time in China where coal still covers nearly 70% of the country’s energy needs.
As a part of its sustainability initiative, Asendia’s chief human resources officer, Barbara Schielke, has added corporate social responsibility (CSR) to her position. “Our world is becoming more connected than ever and international delivery is a big part of that connection,” Schielke said. “As one of the largest global logistic providers, we at Asendia know that protecting our planet comes first. From January 2022, we are taking a big step forward by off-setting 100% of all carbon emissions. We are excited to lead the way in our industry and will continue to find sustainable solutions for our clients in the future.”
Commenting on the creation of the CSR officer role, Marc Pontet, CEO of Asendia, said, “Our sustainable commitment continues in the footsteps of our founding companies – La Poste and Swiss Post. Asendia is proudly following our heritage with sustainability as our core focus. Creating a dedicated role within the board was a natural step to our ongoing commitment.”