The first section of the EMMS tool measures carbon management proficiency across ten areas aligned with IPC’s ‘plan-do-check-act’ management systems approach. This is measured through the use of a questionnaire, primarily taking into account qualitative aspects of each postal company’s carbon management proficiency (CMP).

Following consistent annual improvements in the EMMS group’s score since 2008, the group is on track to achieve the 90% Carbon Management Proficiency target before 2020. In 2016, EMMS participants achieved an average of 87% (2015: 85%). This represents an increase of 31 percentage points since 2008, equating to an annual average increase of 3.9 percentage points. While we recognise that achieving further improvements becomes even more challenging as participants attain higher scores, with only a further three percentage points required to reach the target we are optimistic that the group can achieve this goal in the next four years. Indeed, the group’s 2.2 percentage point improvement between 2015 and 2016 exceeds the 0.8 percentage point rate that is required to reach the 2020 target within the next four years. For detailed results, see the ‘Technical Analysis’ section of the full report. 

Alongside the impressive collective achievements of the group, many posts stand out at an individual level. Several posts have already surpassed the 90% target, while a further nine have achieved overall scores of at least 80%. Moreover, our highest scoring participant scored 100% in five of the ten management pillars. While individual results are not published in this report, all participants report on carbon management and emissions in the public domain. We do, however, within the ‘Case Studies’ section of this publication, showcase best practice examples of carbon management initiatives underway at individual posts.