Environmental responsibility is nothing new for us – after all, we have been 100 percent carbon neutral since 2011 and were the world’s first postal service to achieve that milestone. In 2019, we got very close to our previous emission reduction target: a decrease of 30 percent compared to 2007.
But “good enough” is not good enough for us: as part of our strategy, we want to lead the way in the development of zero-carbon services. To this end, we have set a highly ambitious target for ourselves: to reduce our actual emissions to zero by 2030.
The scale of this effort is easier to understand when we put it like this: on each delivery day, we drive a distance equal to six trips around the world to ensure that things – parcels, letters and magazines – get to where they need to be. That generates a lot of emissions for us eliminate.
We could have been satisfied with simply halving our emissions. That would have been enough to keep us on the “1.5°C curve” of actions aimed at restricting the warming of the climate to 1.5°C in line with the Paris Agreement. But we decided to do more.
So, what are we already doing to achieve that target?
Those are only a few examples. More information on our concrete actions is provided in the “practical examples” section.
And until we have achieved our target of a perfect zero, we will continue the voluntary compensation of emissions through our various programs as before. Even if we are not yet at zero emissions, we want to still be carbon neutral.
We also want to be 100 percent transparent in what we do. To this end, all of our targets and actions are subject to the highest possible scrutiny by external parties. For example, we are committed to the Science Based Targets initiative to ensure that all of our targets are in line with the latest climate science.
The most ambitious of the SBTi’s various commitments is Business Ambition for 1.5°C. It is for organizations whose emission reduction targets help keep climate warming to less than 1.5°C. We are committed to this ambitious target.
Science Based Targets (SBT) is a collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Bringing our own emissions down to zero is also not enough for us. We want to put our competencies and resources to use in partnership with others and enable the provision of more sustainable alternatives to consumers. Ultimately, we all make the final decisions based on our consumption habits.
For example, we work with online retailers to promote more sustainable e-commerce. We also want to promote the growth of C2C e-commerce, as every product that gets a second life means one less new product that needs to be manufactured.