Knowledge Centre

IPC’s programmes help postal operators defend existing businesses and expand into growth areas. IPC offers its members insight into market and regulatory developments and provides a framework for networking and knowledge sharing. Our sustainability programme aims to reduce the postal sector’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.


IPC Postal Sector Sustainability Report

The report communicates on the results achieved by the EMMS programme participants, their efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and their best practice or case studies.

Click here to download the 2016 IPC Postal Sector Sustainability Report

Programme overview

The IPC EMMS programme was rolled out in 2009, capturing data and progress for the 2008 calendar and financial reporting year. IPC and the participating member posts set as their goals an ambitious challenge to cut the global postal sector’s carbon emissions by 20% by 2020. Following the achievement of  the collective target of a 20% carbon emissions reduction in 2014, a new target was introduced for the group to achieve a 20% reduction in carbon emissions  per letter mail and per parcel by 2025, from a 2013 baseline.

Best Practice Cases

Postal best practice cases demonstrate how postal operatorsaround the globe have been successful in their efforts to reduce CO2 emissions through various initiatives along their value chains.

Management Proficiency

The first section of the EMMS tool measures carbon management proficiency across ten areas aligned with IPC’s ‘plan-do-check-act’ management systems approach. This is measured through the use of a questionnaire, primarily taking into account qualitative aspects of each postal company’s carbon management proficiency (CMP).

Efficiency Target

IPC’s EMMS group has set a carbon efficiency target of 20% emissions reduction per letter mail and per parcel by 2025, from a 2013 baseline. IPC is listed on the Science Based Targets website for having successfully developed science based targets.


The quantitative aspect of carbon performance data has been evaluated across the six main categories of postal service activities: mail; parcels; express (national and international); logistics; retail outlets, and financial services.


Fuel consumption and electricity are the main contributors to the EMMS group’s carbon emissions, and therefore reductions result in substantial financial savings for the participants.

EMMS Scorecard

The sector scorecard of the EMMS programme contains overall information about the participant's carbon management proficiency, carbon performance indicators and emissions for the period 2008-2015.

IPC own emissions

IPC is an active member of the United Nations Global Compact, and as such is committed to taking a precautionary approach to environmental challenges, engaging in initiatives to promote environmental responsibility and encouraging the use of environmentally friendly technology. While the IPC sustainability report focuses on how we put this into practice through our efforts with EMMS participants, we also ensure that our own operations are in line with these commitments.

IPC Drivers' Challenge

The IPC Drivers challenge is a driving competition in which teams composed of a driver and a manager of postal operators will compete on the level of eco-driving, driving safety and customer service. The driving event is part of our sustainability programme, which promotes driver education and employee engagement.