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).

We measure and monitor ten pillars of carbon management proficiency (CMP) that we consider crucial to enable significant and sustained carbon emissions reduction. In 2017, EMMS participants achieved an average score of 88% (2016: 87%), their ninth successive year of improvement. As a result, the EMMS group remains on track to achieve the 90% CMP target by 2020. This improvement, of 32 percentage points from the 2008 baseline year, equates to an annual average increase of 3.6 percentage points. We recognise that achieving further improvements is more challenging as participants attain higher scores, and as such the rate of improvement at the group level is less steep than in the first few years of the programme. However, with only a further 1.8 percentage points required to reach the target, we are optimistic that the group can achieve this goal in the next three years. Indeed, the group’s 1.3 percentage point improvement between 2016 and 2017 exceeds the 0.6 percentage point rate that is required to reach the 2020 target. For detailed results, see the Technical Analysis section.

Alongside the impressive collective achievements of the group, many posts stand out at the individual level. Ten posts (55% of the group) have now surpassed the 90% target, up from seven in 2016, while a further six achieved overall scores of at least 80%. Between them, the three posts that passed the 90% mark this year achieved a combined increase of 12 points in 2017. This demonstrates the commitment of our participants to continuous improvement and the benefits of the collaborative nature of the EMMS programme. While individual results are not published in this report, all participants report on carbon management and emissions in the public domain. We do, however, within the Case Studies section of this publication showcase best practice examples of carbon management initiatives underway at individual posts.