CEOs reiterate commitment and support for IPC Sustainability programme

At the occasion of the 2013 November board meeting in Washington, US, Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL; Brian Roche, CEO of New Zealand Post; Herna Verhagen, CEO of PostNL and Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General of USPS were interviewed about their organisation’s sustainability efforts. Herbert-Michael Zapf, President and CEO of IPC presented the highlights from the 2013 IPC Postal Sector Sustainability Report while participating CEOs shared their organisations’ best practices and expressed their continued support for IPC’s sector sustainability programme.

In 2008, IPC launched its sustainability programme, the Environmental Monitoring and Measurement System (EMMS), encouraged by the strong support of the CEOs of the participating postal operators. Ambitious objectives were set to improve Carbon Management Proficiency to 90% by 2020, and to reduce collective carbon emissions by 20% by 2020. Now in its fifth year, the EMMS programme continued to make impressive progress and CEO support for the programme remains stronger than ever.

Management proficiency improved with 6% year-on-year from 70% in 2011 to 76% in 2012, while a further reduction of 435,000 tonnes or 5% of CO2 emissions was noted compared to the previous year. The 2012 reduction bring the total reduction of posts’ own CO2 emissions to 1,622,000 tonnes or 19.4% since the launch of the programme in 2008; only 0.6% shy of reaching the 2020 target many years ahead of schedule.