On 18 September 2020, we celebrated the second edition of the Green Postal Day. Coinciding with International Zero Emissions Day and the EU Mobility Week, a dozen 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 second Green Postal Day, CEOs of 15 posts worldwide reiterated the postal commitment to further reduce the carbon footprint of delivery and contribute to a more sustainable society.  As demonstrated throughout the COVID-19 crisis, posts are playing a key social role and care about people. Taking care of people also means contributing to the fight against global warming. This is what postal operators have been doing for more than 10 years.

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. 

But sustainability is not only limited to CO2 emissions reductions.

In 2019, posts launched the Sustainability Measurement and Management System (SMMS), and extended their efforts to measure, report and learn from one another. This new programme 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

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is beyond the reach of any single company. These Goals call for coordinated efforts and a collective approach from industry sectors -- Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

What members say

The postal sector commits to sustainability at its core. As an industry with a deep and long history through many generations, and with a presence in every community we know and feel the need to build a long-term, sustainable future for generations to come. Posts have led on the decarbonisation agenda and on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Today in the midst of a global pandemic we broaden our commitment so that the sector can continue to lead for a sustainable world.
David mcRedmond,
CEO, An Post

Once again, it is with the greatest pleasure that CTT participates in the Green Postal Day, an immensely praised IPC initiative. At CTT, the Express and Parcels segment grew 35% in Portugal and 44% in Spain in the first half of 2020. We estimate the consumers to follow with this online trend. This behaviour impacted not only in our logistics chain, but also enhanced CTT’s long-time commitment (for over 10 years) in reducing the carbon footprint, along with the remaining IPC’s operators. We have been working towards a common goal in the current defiant context. We know that it takes much more to go further, together. Hence our enthusiasm to participate and be a part of this IPC Green Postal Day!
Joao Bento,
CEO, CTT Portugal Post

We are delighted to support Green Postal Day. We continue to deliver initiatives that support the collective targets of the International Post Corporation, while meeting the high expectations of our customers. With 90,000 postmen and postwomen making up the UK’s largest feet-on-the-street network, we are already playing a big role in keeping the emissions associated with deliveries low. More recently, we have expanded our fleet of electric vehicles to around 300 vans in various locations across our business. We continue to trial low emission vehicles; the most recent example being a prototype electric van based on a London Taxi from the London Electric Vehicle Company. This trial forms part of a programme of vehicle and efficiency initiatives that will enable us to assess and deploy ways of further reducing our environmental impact.
Stuart Simpson,
Interim CEO, Royal Mail

The postal service has always been a driving force in societal development. Through international collaboration and collaboration with customers, suppliers and consumers, large-scale change can be achieved. How we as a company handle climate change is crucial for our future and for many years, we have successfully worked to reduce our own impact on climate. We are now taking a step further towards the future, with the goal of a fossil free organization by 2030!
Annemarie Gardshol,
Group CEO, PostNord

Despite the current situation, we should not lose sight of climate change. In the long term, it is the much bigger problem. The crisis has shown: a world without logistics is no longer conceivable. This also means that we bear a huge responsibility and can make a decisive contribution, not only as Deutsche Post DHL Group, but as a sector as a whole.
Frank Appel,
CEO, Deutsche Post DHL Group

Postal operators can bring valuable contribution to the EU Green deal through sharing the wealth of knowledge and postal sustainability solutions we have gathered over the years. We are fully committed to improving the lives of our citizens.
Jean-Paul Forceville,
Chairman of PostEurop

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What SMMS member posts have achieved together

CO2 emissions reductions
Share of electric vehicles in postal fleet
Share of renewable electricity in buildings

Participating posts

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