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.

Carbon Emissions 

Having reached the 20% absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction target in 2014 – six years ahead of schedule – the group continues to translate their improved carbon management into further emissions reductions. The group’s emissions have decreased by an impressive 26.9% since the start of the programme, from 8,830,000 tonnes in 2008 to 6,458,000 tonnes in 2016 (see Figure 2). This equates to  aggregated savings of more than 12.7m tonnes of carbon emissions since 2008, equivalent to the CO2 emissions from over 1.3m US homes’ energy use in 2015.1

Group emissions decreased by 207,000 tonnes, or 3.1%, between 2015 and 2016. This was primarily driven by a 7% decrease in Scope 2 electricity purchased (198,000 tonnes), which was achieved via participants’ considerable efforts to enhance building energy efficiency and increase their use of renewable electricity. Indeed, posts’ ongoing progress in these areas has contributed to a 45% reduction in Scope 2 electricity emissions since the start of the programme. Assessing the achievements of individual participants, in the 2016 reporting year, 17 posts have already reached the 20% reduction target. Please see the ‘Technical Analysis’ section of the full report for a more detailed examination of results.



1 United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2017, Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Available at https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator [Accessed 8 September 2017]
* 2015 group figures are restated. Please see the ‘Methodology and Definitions’ section on page 44 of the 2017 report Technical Analysis and Annex ‘Restatement Details’ on page 58 for further information.