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 

Following the group’s success last year in reaching the 20% absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction target - six years ahead of schedule - participants have continued their efforts to improve their carbon management and drive further emissions reductions this year. The group’s emissions have decreased by 22.4% since the start of the programme, from 8,830,000 tonnes in 2008 to 6,852,000 tonnes in 2015 (see Figure 2). By aggregating savings since 2008, this equates to more than 10m tonnes of carbon emissions that have been avoided over the seven-year period.

Group emissions decreased by 148,000 tonnes, or 2.1%, between 2014 and 2015. This was driven by a decrease in Scope 1 emissions produced from buildings of 6% (46,000 tonnes), with Scope 2 electricity purchased also decreasing by 9%. Assessing the achievements of individual participants, 15 posts met the 20% reduction target in the 2015 reporting year. Please see the Technical Analysis section for a more detailed examination of results. that have been avoided over the seven-year period.