Pos Malaysia becomes first Southeast Asian post to sign for IPC’s sustainability program

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Pos Malaysia has become the 22nd member of the International Post Corporation (IPC) Sustainability Measurement and Management System (SMMS) program, which aims to reduce the collective carbon footprint of the postal industry.

Joining the SMMS program is part of Pos Malaysia’s focus on building a sustainability framework based on sound economic, environmental and social (EES) strategies. Since the launch of the program in 2008, posts have been able to reduce their carbon emissions by 34%.

Holger Winklbauer, CEO of IPC, said, “We are delighted to welcome Pos Malaysia as a new member of the SMMS program and first Southeast Asian post participating in the program, demonstrating the value of working together as a sector in order to make a difference for the planet.”

As part of its decarbonization efforts, Pos Malaysia has committed to a 30% reduction in its scope one and two emissions by 2025, with aspirations to achieve net-zero carbon by 2040.

Charles Brewer, Group CEO of Pos Malaysia, said, “Everything we do at Pos Malaysia serves one purpose, which is to be passionate about building trust to connect lives and businesses for a better tomorrow. This commitment guides us in our efforts and sense of responsibility, underscores our values, focuses on our mission, and creates long-term value. Fulfilling our purpose requires us to make every dimension of our business sustainable.

“We are committed towards upgrading our internal combustion engine (ICE) fleet to electric vehicles, improving the efficiency of our operations, and utilizing cleaner energy sources by installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels throughout our facilities, among other sustainable initiatives planned,” he said.

Expanding on the 2009-2019 Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System (EMMS) program, which focused on reducing carbon emissions, the IPC SMMS program was launched in 2019 to address the sustainability objectives of the postal sector for the next 10 years, aligned with the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

By joining the SMMS, Pos Malaysia will benefit from a common third-party audited sustainability measurement and reporting system, including for carbon emissions.

Through the IPC SMMS program, posts across the world have committed to halving their yearly collective CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. To meet this goal, posts will primarily focus on emissions generated by buildings and transportation, which respectively account for 44% and 56% of their total emissions. By 2030, posts collectively aim to have 50% of their fleet as alternative fuel vehicles (against 24% in 2021), of which 25% are to be electric vehicles (against 17% in 2021) with 75% of the energy consumed generated from renewable sources (against 34% in 2021).

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