Fuel consumption and electricity use are the most significant contributors to the group’s carbon emissions. A focus on reducing emissions associated with these activities not only has considerable environmental benefits but also presents opportunities for financial gain.

Fuel Consumption

Fuel consumption is the second largest contributor to posts’ collective emissions after electricity use. Since the beginning of the programme, the group has saved an accumulative 1.2m tonnes CO2 from own transport. This of course presents considerable financial benefits as well as improved environmental impacts. Using a conservative conversion factor for diesel, this reduction in Scope 1 emissions from transport equates to 431m litres of fuel saved with an associated financial saving of approximately €433m (US$511m)678. Along with vehicle efficiencies and route optimisation, more efficient driving techniques have contributed to the reduction in transport emissions. The group’s efforts in these areas are demonstrated by participants in our biennial International Drivers’ Challenge, which in March next year will be co-hosted with PostNL in Zandvoort, near Amsterdam , the Netherlands. More details of the event can be found on the IPC website.9 

Electricity Consumption

The group has also reduced its collective consumption of non-renewable electricity by 2.53 TWh since 2008 – approximately the same amount of electricity it would take to power the city of Bonn for a year10. Since the beginning of the programme, the group has also increased its use of renewable electricity by 0.86 TWh. Overall electricity use has decreased by 1.67 TWh – equivalent to 2,158,000 tonnes CO2. Over the ten years of the programme the accumulated saving equates to 13.3 TWh which, using a conservative factor for the cost of electricity, is roughly equivalent to €1,153m (US$1,361m) saved over the period.11

(6) 2008 to 2017 emissions figures were restated in 2019 due to coverage changes, an optimisation of emissions calculation methodology and the withdrawal of Brazil Post from the EMMS programme. See the Restatements section on Page 56 for more details. 
(7) The World Bank pump prices for diesel, US$ per litre. Available at http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EP.PMP.DESL.CD [accessed 15 August 2019] 
(8) OECD currency conversion of US dollars to Euros in 2017. Available at https://data.oecd.org/conversion/exchange-rates.htm [accessed 15 August 2019] 
(9) IPC Drivers’ Challenge, International Postal Corporation, https://www.ipc.be/services/sustainability/sustainability-emms/ipc-drivers-challenge 
(10) United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2018, Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Available at https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator [Accessed 16 August 2019] 
(11) US Energy Information Administration (EIA), Electric Power Monthly, Average Price of Electricity to Ultimate Customers: Total by End-Use Sector (cents per Kilowatthour). Available at http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.cfm?t=epmt_5_03 [Accessed 15 August 2019]