September 20th marks the fist green day of postal service which is essentially launched to highlight the benefits that the postal industry has reaped by working together over 10 years to reduce CO2 emissions. 

The CEOs from the 12 global postal operators intend to address Green day with other industry sectors, so that they follow and adopt a collective approach to tackle climate change together.

The collective carbon emissions have been reduced by almost 30% and collective electricity consumptions by 24% by postal operators participating in the Postal Sector’s sustainability program since the year 2008.

The use of alternative-fuel vehicle has risen in their fleet from 73,000 in 2012 to 150,000 in 2017; equivalent to 23% of the total fleet.

The postal sector sustainability programme is an initiative that is practiced sector-wide in order to address the impact of global climate change as an approach to reduce carbon emissions.  This programme currently has 19 posts participating: An Post (Ireland), Australia Post (Australia), Austrian Post (Austria), bpost (Belgium), Correos (Spain), CTT Portugal Post (Portugal), Deutsche Post DHL Group (Germany), Le Groupe La Poste (France), New Zealand Post Group (New Zealand), POST Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Poste Italiane (Italy), Posten Norge (Norway), Posti  (Finland),  PostNL (The Netherlands), PostNord (Denmark & Sweden), Royal Mail Group Plc (United Kingdom), South African Post Office (South Africa), Swiss Post (Switzerland), United States Postal Service (United States).

Postal operators have now put in order their sustainability programme with the US Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Basically, focusing on health and safety, learning and development, air quality, climate change, resource efficiency, circular economy and sustainable procurement.

Patricia Espinosa, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, indicated “The postal sector has shown great leadership by adopting a common approach to reduce their carbon footprint. Not only have the posts achieved their targets well ahead of schedule, but now they are taking it a step further by aligning their objectives to UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are convinced that this is the right way to go and we urge other sectors to follow this example”. (“GREEN POSTAL DAY LAUNCHED” 2019)

Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group says, “What’s important to me is to point out not only what we at Deutsche Post DHL Group have achieved, but also to highlight the joint efforts of the postal sector as a whole in the area of climate protection. We share our innovations and ideas for reducing carbon emissions with each other and encourage each other to carry out planned initiatives to fruition. Our goal is to cooperate as a sector in making a crucial contribution to slowing down the pace of global warming and minimising the long-term effects of climate change.” (“GREEN POSTAL DAY LAUNCHED” 2019)

Koen Van Gerven, CEO bpost: “Working collectively as a sector has challenged and helped us to move further and to adopt even more ambitious targets at a national level. As one of Belgium’s leading companies, bpost wishes to play a pioneer role in environmental protection and has set itself the goal of reducing CO₂ emissions from its activities by at least 20% by 2030. To succeed, bpost will replace 50% of its diesel fleet with electric alternatives by then.” (“GREEN POSTAL DAY LAUNCHED” 2019)

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“GREEN POSTAL DAY LAUNCHED.” Post & Parcel, 20 Sept. 2019, https://postandparcel.info/114888/news/green-postal-day-launched/.


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