Postal sector achieves 2020 sustainability targets

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The International Postal Corporation (IPC) has published its 2019 Postal Sector Sustainability Report, which highlights that the 19 posts in IPC’s sustainability program have achieved all initial targets set by the corporation’s postal sector sustainability program, EMMS (Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System).

In 2009, EMMS participants set two targets to reach collectively by 2020: to achieve a score of at least 90% in carbon management proficiency, and to reduce combined carbon emissions from own operations by 20%.

After achieving the emissions reduction target in 2014, new delivery efficiency targets were set to reduce total carbon emissions per letter mail and per parcel by 20% by 2025. These targets extended the scope of the EMMS program to include outsourced transportation. It was approved by the Science Based Target (SBT) initiative’s Steering Committee in 2016. Posts remain on track to achieve these delivery efficiency targets.

Carbon management proficiency covers management initiatives taken to obtain a comprehensive approach to carbon management, based on a ‘plan-do-check-act’ management system approach with 10 pillars, such as employee engagement and value chain management). EMMS participants achieved an overall carbon management proficiency score of 91% in 2019, up 35 percentage points from the 2008 baseline.

Holger Winklbauer, CEO of IPC, said, “The posts participating in IPC’s sustainability program have achieved tremendous results over the last 10 years. Posts continue their efforts in a challenging market situation. We all must continue to innovate, work together and maintain momentum. The collective approach has helped our participants to show leadership with one of the few, if not the only, global service sector-wide initiatives responding to the risks posed by climate change.”

To read the full results, click here.

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