On 17 September 2021, we celebrated the third edition of the Green Postal Day. Coinciding with International Zero Emissions Day and the EU Mobility Week, 16 postal operators worldwide launched a joint campaign, highlighting the environmental and business benefits the postal industry has reaped by working together as a sector over the last ten years to reduce CO2 emissions. This year's campaign was organised in partnership with PostEurop.

Coinciding with the third Green Postal Day, CEOs of 16 posts worldwide reiterated their commitment to contribute to a more sustainable economy and society, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Posts pursued their efforts to reduce CO2 emissions despite the disruptions and the increased volumes linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Posts worldwide show readiness to deliver the additional e-commerce volumes linked to COVID-19 pandemic in the most sustainable way. However, posts worldwide highlight challenges that need to be addressed.

An industry working together

The postal sector initiative is a clear example of an industry working together to exchange best practices and stimulate individual companies to move beyond their initial objectives. Using a common measuring system has also favoured transparency and driven sustainability ambitions. 

On this day, leading postal operators call on leaders from other industries to join forces at the sector level and to adopt a common monitoring and measuring system. Postal operators participating in the SMMS initiative are offering to cooperate and share best practice with other industries


About postal sector sustainability

Ten years ago, postal operators were among the first to launch a sector-wide programme to measure and reduce CO2 emissions through International Post Corporation (IPC) and its Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System (EMMS). 

Since then, postal operators have strengthened their environmental ambitions and have increased their sustainability efforts, reaching a reduction of 30% of their CO2 emissions, well ahead of their initial targets. Through the IPC Sustainability Measurement and Management System (SMMS) – which succeeds the EMMS – 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 focus mainly on emissions generated by buildings and transportation, which respectively account for 45 and 55% of their total emissions. By 2030, posts collectively aim to have 50% of their fleet as alternative fuel vehicles (against 22% in 2020), of which 25% of electric vehicles (against 16% in 2020) and 75% of their energy consumed, generated from renewable sources (against 33% in 2020). 

But sustainability is not only limited to CO2 emissions reductions.

In line with their alignment with the UN Sustainability Development goals, postal commitment also goes beyond CO2 emissions. By 2030, they collectively commit to have 50% of sold packaging reusable, recyclable, or compostable.

The SMMS covers seven categories which relate to five SDGs where posts could have the most positive impact. These include:

  • Health and Safety,
  • Learning and Development,
  • Resource Efficiency,
  • Air Quality,
  • Circular Economy,
  • Sustainable Procurement and
  • Climate Change.

The five related SDGs are:

  • SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth),
  • SDG 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure),
  • SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities),
  • SDG 12 (Responsible consumption and production) and
  • SDG 13 (Climate action).

Currently 19 posts from America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific are participating in the IPC SMMS programme. 

Main achievements of SMMS

Through this page, you will learn about the main achievements of postal operators collectively and individually. Examples for successful initiatives of postal operators in areas such as alternative vehicles, use of renewable energy, sustainable buildings are available in the case study section

What members say

"The Green Postal Day is an initiative by IPC which we deeply cherish and that enables us to view all the work developed by the major worldwide postal operators to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change."
Joao Bento,
CEO, CTT Portugal Post

“Green Postal Day reminds us that we as logistics providers carry a huge responsibility. Market leaders need to act as role-models to make a green transition happen. That’s why we are investing heavily in Green Logistics.”
Frank Appel,
CEO, Deutsche Post DHL Group

“To continue serving our customers and the society as a whole, we must offer them a green and responsible Poste. Carbon emissions, electric vehicle fleet and consumption of renewable energy will be at the centre of the 2021 edition of the #GreenPostalDay. La Poste plays a major role in this initiative as the leader of zero-carbon logistics as we show the way and openly share best practices.”
Philippe Wahl,
CEO, Le Groupe La Poste

“Sustainability management is becoming increasingly important for postal operators and customers in Europe as well as globally, in our daily lives. Despite the various challenges we face, I am confident that postal operators can contribute to the EU Green Deal and UN COP26 discussions through our experience and expertise.”
Jean-Paul Forceville,
Chairman of PostEurop

“Everyday posts are demonstrating the strength of working together as a sector to reduce carbon footprint. Building on their success, posts committed to even more ambitious targets for 2030. They are also aware that as postal operators advance further and further on that journey, achieving the objectives will require even more efforts.”
Holger Winklbauer,
CEO, International Post Corporation

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CTT Portugal Post


What SMMS member posts have achieved together

Participating posts

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