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World’s postal companies agree 20% cuts

February 2010

The global postal industry has set itself a 20  per cent carbon emissions reduction target by 2020.
The International Post Corporation (IPC), an industry partnership of the world’s largest postal companies, says 20 operators have agreed to collaborate to reduce emissions collectively by a fifth during the next ten years.

The 20 companies, which together make up 80 per cent of global mail volumes, include the UK’s Royal Mail, Deutsche Post, DHL, the Netherlands-based TNT and the United States Postal Service.

The agreement has been unveiled in the IPC’s first sustainability report. The group’s postal organizations, which manage more than 600,000 transport vehicles worldwide, say: ‘Although we compete in many areas of business, this is one area in which we will co-operate as a sector to deliver the changes necessary to have a positive impact on the postal industry, our Stakeholders, and the environment.’

The industry is one of the few service sectors to have announced global emissions targets. Emissions will be tracked using an IPC environmental measurement and monitoring system, devised as a sector-specific, universal monitoring system agreed upon by all members of the group.

Yvo de Boer, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said: ‘This global commitment by an entire service sector [is] an example of the vision and leadership required at all levels to effectively combat climate change, and I encourage the postal sector to continue to set an example.’

International Post Corporation | Global | Climate change

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