Back in 2008, the IPC set up its Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System in response to stakeholders' and CEO requests for the postal sector to lower its carbon footprint. Participants such as Correos, Bpost, PostNL, Deutsche Post DHL, Royal Mail Group and Swiss Post collaboratively joined forces to address the impact of global climate change by:
Already halfway the term, the group reached its first milestone as its yearly emissions have decreased by 20.6% (from 8,879,000 tonnes to 7,050,000 tonnes since 2008). At the same time the Carbon Management proficiency improved to a group average of 81% coming from 56% in 2008.
As part of their Climate Strategy, eco-efficiency is critical for transportation to boost competitive advantage from both a cost and environmental perspective. Data from the IPC participants demonstrate that the transport emissions decreased by 5% between 2008 and 2014, which saved about 1.2 tonnes of CO2 over the past six years. The approximate number of liters diesel saved amounts 447m liters, representing a cost-reduction of €327m, whereas electricity consumption accumulated in saving 7.5 TWh, representing €577m.
Which lessons learned from the IPC's program can be transferred to other industries? Key success factor was the building of a clear business case for sustainability for the 21 participating companies in which eco-efficiency was the central value creator as it benefits both the environment, society, ánd IPC-members. The industry-wide initiative accelerated change within the sector which is now leading in the fields of climate strategy and carbon emissions, and they are planning to turn the Carbon Management proficiency in a success story as well.
With our process approach GLOBE-US, Finch & Beak has supported companies throughout Europe in the process of developing the business case for sustainability, resulting in societal and financial positive impact. If your company is looking for a clear business case, please do not hesitate to contact Josée van der Hoek, Founding Partner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +31 6 28 02 18 80.
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