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Postal Sector on Track to Hit 2020 Carbon Goals Early

The international postal sector in 2013 recorded a collective carbon management proficiency (CMP) score of 79 percent, which leaves an 11 percent increase to reach the 2020 target of a collective 90 percent in carbon management, according to the 2014 International Post Corporation Postal Sector Sustainability Report.

The report, covering the business year 2013, shows participants in the sustainability program are on track for reaching the program’s 2020 targets of 90 percent CMP and 20 percent CO2 reduction compared to the 2008 baseline ahead of schedule.

The IPC says the 79 percent CMP score was achieved due to an average annual increase of 4.6 percent for the entire group. Four posts have already surpassed the 90 percent target, while a further eight have achieved overall scores of at least 75 percent.

Since the start of the program in 2008, the group has achieved a 19.2 percent decrease in carbon emissions. This equates to an average yearly decrease of 3.84 percent. In 2013, 13 operators participating in the program had already reached the 20 percent target on an individual basis.

Between 2013 and 2014, group emissions increased for the first time since the start of the program. Significant decreases in emissions from electricity purchased have been counteracted by increases in emissions from heating and road transport. These increases had multiple causes: from harsh winters in some countries leading to more use of heating for buildings, to the significant expansion of the number of postal delivery points for one operator leading to a higher fuel consumption for serving these addresses.

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