Our work for the environment is a continuation of a long tradition. We use electricity extensively in deliveries, from electric delivery carts to electric vans. However, we started experiments with electric cars in the center of Helsinki already in the early 1980s. In 1991, there were 43 registered electric cars in Finland, and according to Moottori magazine, “the majority apparently in Posti’s use.” The side of the cute Elcat Cityvan said, “Today’s mail cleanly by electricity”. Our first green program was launched in 1999. As the world’s first postal service, our mail delivery was carbon neutral in 2011.
Our previous long-term emissions goal was to reduce total emissions in Finland in proportion to net sales by 30 percent compared to the level of 2007 by 2020. We exceeded the target, as the reduction relative to net sales was 37 percent. In absolute terms, emissions decreased by 34 percent compared to 2007, with the reduction amounting to 71,000 tonnes.
However, good enough is not enough for us. The climate crisis must be solved, and we want to re-define the environmental responsibility of the logistics industry on the whole as a trailblazer – we are not only taking part in the joint effort, we are driving it at the forefront.
To this end, we have set a new highly ambitious target for ourselves: to reduce our actual emissions to zero by 2030.
During 2021, we will also set a goal for the emissions of our value chain. We operate in an industry in which subcontractors – mainly transport companies
– account for a significant share of all emissions. We explain the breakdown of our emissions in more detail elsewhere on this site.
We are committed to the Science Based Targets initiative to ensure that all of our targets are in line with the latest climate science.
Only organizations whose emission reduction goals help to keep climate warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius are accepted to the most ambitious SBTi commitment, Business Ambition for 1.5°.
This year, we will make the decision on joining the even more ambitious, currently undefined SBTi goal of Net-Zero. In it, the zero-emissions target also concerns emissions from the value chain so that the residual emissions that simply cannot be eliminated are physically removed from the atmosphere with carbon sinks, for example.
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 peer-to-peer e-commerce, as every product that gets a second life means one less new product that needs to be manufactured.