2020 Carbon Management Proficiency target achieved in 2018
Percent reduction in total EMMS group emissions since 2008
billion euros saved by EMMS participants in fuel and electricity costs since 2008
Through their fleet and buildings, posts are contributing to the carbon footprint. Significant, systematic, and sustainable carbon emissions reductions can only be achieved through a comprehensive approach to carbon management, a common carbon measurement and reporting structure and publication.

How does it work?

The Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System (EMMS) was developed in 2008 in response to stakeholder and postal CEO requests for the postal sector to minimise its carbon footprint. The EMMS programme is a global initiative, consisting of 19 participants from four continents – Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. The programme provides a common carbon measurement and reporting structure that enables participants to share their carbon and environmental management strategies, performance, and achievements.

In 2008, EMMS participants set themselves 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%. The 2020 Target for carbon management proficiency was achieved in 2018. After achieving the emissions target in 2014, a new intensity reduction target was set: to reduce total carbon emissions per letter mail and per parcel by 20% by 2025. This target focuses on delivery efficiency, and has also broadened the scope of the EMMS programme to include outsourced transport. It was approved by the Science Based Target (SBT) initiative. 

The annual EMMS reporting cycle consists of two stages:

  1. A comprehensive Carbon Management Proficiency (CMP) questionnaire: this qualitative assessment evaluates participants’ performance against ten management pillars, including Policy and Procedures, Activity, Employee Engagement, Measurement and Verification, and Targets.
  2. Carbon Performance Indicators (CPI): a quantitative assessment of participants’ carbon efficiency where participants report on their carbon emissions and other organisational data, including renewable and non-renewable electricity consumption, transport modes and distances (own and outsourced), postal quantities, and numbers of alternative-fuel capable vehicles.

The IPC Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System (EMMS) remains one of the few, if not the only, service sector-wide initiative responding to the risks posed by climate change. With both targets of the EMMS achieved, the participating posts are now broadening their scope to align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are most relevant to the sector. More information on the extended new programme, the Sustainability Measurement and Management System (SMMS) can be found under the Sustainability Report section.


More information

To find out more about the IPC Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System, contact: pieter.reitsma@ipc.be.