Swiss Post to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Together with Europe’s largest postal operators, Swiss Post is taking part in the programme launched by the umbrella organization PostEurop to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The goal of this initiative is to cut emissions of CO2, the most important greenhouse gas emitted by the participating organizations, by 10 percent over the next five years. Its involvement in the programme signals Swiss Post’s rigorous continuation of the environmental policy it launched in 1996. Between 2000 and 2005, it cut its CO2 emissions by 9 percent and is therefore already close to achieving the Kyoto Protocol’s targets for 2010.

Swiss Post is taking part in PostEurop’s programme to reduce greenhouse gases.

PostEurop is the association of the 43 European universal-service postal operators. The initiative is based on the voluntary participation of PostEurop members and currently enjoys the support of nine postal operators, including Deutsche Post World Net, La Poste Group (France), TNT (Netherlands), and De Post/La Poste (Belgium), with further postal operators expected to follow suit by the end of the year.

They have undertaken to reduce their CO2 emissions by 10 percent over the next five years. The initiative is thus aimed at the most significant environmental impact of European postal operators: greenhouse gases, which account for around 70 percent of the total impact.

The PostEurop programme will take effect as of 1 January 2008. Prior to this date, Swiss Post will set its own individual targets and determine measures to achieve them.

Rigorous environmental policy

Swiss Post has been pursuing a goal-oriented environmental policy since 1996 and is committed to an economic, ecological and social corporate strategy. As a result, it has been able to reduce its total environmental impact by 24 percent since 1998. It cut CO2 emissions, which accounts for a major part of its total environmental impact, by over 9 percent between 2000 and 2005. This means that Swiss Post is very likely to achieve the Kyoto Protocol targets (Swiss target: to reduce CO2 emissions by 9 percent by 2010 compared to the baseline year 1990).

You will find full information on sustainable company management in the integrated annual report of Swiss Post

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