More than 80 representatives from 30 posts worldwide, including 20 CEOs, met in Dublin in Ireland for the IPC 2023 annual conference on May 25-26. Hosted by An Post, the theme of this year’s conference was “The Postal Contribution to Emissions Reduction”.
The conference members evaluated the industry’s current and future carbon reporting needs, based on global stakeholders’ requirements. The IPC, together with sustainability experts from its members, worked to further identify the most suitable standards, to develop the guidelines for the postal sector and explore the most efficient means to achieve its sustainability goals.
The conference featured four keynote speakers who shared their thoughts on the evolution of carbon footprint reporting needs as well as customers’ requirements for sustainable delivery, including rapidly changing needs and expectations from customers for e-commerce delivery. The speakers included: included Ben Lechner, Amazon EU transportation director; Mehdi El Alami, partner at Oliver Wyman; Andrea Dorothea Schoen, Smart Freight Centre program manager; and Professor Richard Barker, international sustainability standards board (ISSB).
Holger Winklbauer, CEO of IPC, said, “Sustainability is the topic that unites all IPC members as posts were the first sector to develop a joint program to reduce emissions globally. It is of strategic importance to face together the global climate change challenge. Therefore, we now need to rapidly reinforce our cooperation and develop a more granular reporting system and find common ground between the different standards.”
Read more key sustainability updates from the parcel and postal technology industry, here.