Posts worldwide call on other industry sectors to follow their example and adopt a collective approach to tackle climate change

Posts worldwide call on other industry sectors to follow their example and adopt a collective approach to tackle climate change

Tomorrow, 20 September 2019, Chief Executive Officers from XX postal operators worldwide will launch the first Green Postal Day.

• Since 2008, postal operators have reduced their collective carbon emissions by almost 30%, and their collective electricity consumption by 24%.

• Posts have doubled the share of alternative-fuel vehicles in their fleet from 73,000 vehicles in 2012 to 150,000 in 2017 which is equivalent to 23% of the total vehicle fleet.

• CEOs from xx postal operators worldwide will launch the first Green Postal Day on 20 September 2019.

The aim of the Green Postal Day is to hig hlight the benefits the postal industry has reaped by working together as a sector over the last ten years to reduce CO2 emissions. The Green Postal Day supports the International Zero Emissions day and the EU mobility week.

Patricia Espinosa, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary:

“The postal sector has shown great leadership by adopting a common approach to reduce their carbon footprint. Not only have the posts achieved their targets well ahead of schedule, but now they are taking it a step further by aligning their objectives to UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are convinced that this is the right way to go and we urge other sectors to follow this example”.

​IPC’s Postal Sector Sustainability programme is a sector wide initiative to tackle the impact of global climate change via a collective approach to reduce carbon emissions. Currently 19 posts participate in the Postal Sector Sustainability Programme: An Post (Ireland), Australia Post (Australia), Austrian Post (Austria), bpost (Belgium), Correos (Spain), CTT Portugal Post (Portugal), Deutsche Post DHL Group (Germany), Le Groupe La Poste (France), New Zealand Post Group (New Zealand), POST Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Poste Italiane (Italy), Posten Norge (Norway), Posti ​ (Finland), ​ PostNL (The Netherlands), PostNord (Denmark & Sweden), Royal Mail Group Plc (United Kingdom), South African Post Office (South Africa), Swiss Post (Switzerland), United States Postal Service (United States).

To meet future challenges, postal operators have now aligned their sustainability programme with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing on health and safety, learning and development, air quality, climate change, resource efficiency, circular economy and sustainable procurement.

​Koen Van Gerven

“Working collectively as a sector has challenged and helped us to move further and to adopt even more ambitious targets at the national level. As one of Belgium’s leading companies, bpost wishes to play a pioneer role in environmental protection and has set itself the goal of reducing CO₂ emissions from its activities by at least 20% by 2030. To succeed, bpost will replace 50% of its diesel fleet with an electric alternative by then.”

​bpost blijft ook verder investeren om zijn ecologische voetafdruk te verkleinen. Zo nemen we momenteel 700 nieuwe elektrische fietsen in gebruik en worden alle bromfietsen vervangen door elektrische (driewiel)scooters. We testen ook elektrisch aangedreven voertuigen ​ om leveringen te doen in autovrije zones, zoals cargofietsen en de combinatie van elektrische fietsen met een trailer.

Daarnaast zal bpost in 2020 zijn vier sorteercentra in Gent, Antwerpen, Charleroi en Luik uitrusten met meer performante en energiezuinige verlichting op basis van Led-technologie. In totaal zal 170.000 m² aan verlichting worden vervangen, goed voor 7.000 lampen. Dat zal ons toelaten om 40% elektriciteit te besparen, equivalent aan het jaarlijkse energieverbruik van zo een 565 gezinnen.

​For more information on the various green initiatives of postal companies, please visit



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