Delivery Efficiency

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.

Delivery Efficiency (2013 - 2015)

Having achieved the 2020 reduction target for total volumes of carbon emissions in 2014, last year a new target was introduced for the group; to achieve a 20% reduction in Scope 1, 2, and 3 (where Scope 3 includes outsourced transport only) emissions per letter mail and per parcel by 2025, from a 2013 baseline. The group’s letter mail delivery efficiency has effectively remained stable since the 2013 baseline, with the group reporting 37.2 grams of CO2 per item in 2015 compared to 36.9 grams per item in 2013. Meanwhile, parcel delivery efficiency saw significant improvement again this year, with the group reporting 439.9 grams of COper item compared to 468.7 grams per item in 2014, a further decrease from 505.0 grams per item in 2013. This represents a 13% decrease in emissions per parcel in just two years.

Table: Letter mail and parcel delivery efficiency 2013 - 2015

Although letter mail efficiency remained relatively stable between 2014 and 2015, the group achieved a greater reduction in absolute emissions associated with letter mail delivery than between 2013 and 2014. However, the decrease in letter mail volumes between 2014 and 2015 was also greater than the previous year. This continuing decline in letter mail volumes presents a growing challenge for participants in improving letter mail delivery efficiency. Meanwhile, while the group’s emissions associated with parcel delivery increased between 2014 and 2015, the number of parcels delivered increased at a greater rate, illustrating the growth of e-commerce and the associated rapid increase in parcel volumes currently being experienced by the sector.