19
participating posts from around the globe in the SMMS Programme
7
focus areas, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
31
percent reduction in total SMMS group carbon emissions since 2008
The postal sector is committed to serving its customers while mitigating its environmental and social impacts worldwide. As operators of over half a million vehicles, thousands of buildings, and employing a workforce of more than 1.3 million, posts have considerable opportunities to make positive contributions to both people and the planet. To drive continuous progress on our ambitious sustainability goals, we have developed a common measurement and reporting programme – the Sustainability Measurement and Management System (SMMS).

The IPC Sustainability Measurement and Management System (SMMS) was launched in 2019 to address the sustainability objectives of the postal sector for the next ten years, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It expands on the 2009-2019 Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System (EMMS) programme, which focused on reducing carbon emissions, and broadens the remit to the seven sustainability focus areas most relevant for the postal sector:
Health and safety 
Learning and development 
Resource efficiency
Climate change
Air quality
Circular economy
Sustainable procurement

The new system has been launched after the achievement of the targets set in 2008 in the Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System (EMMS). The EMMS was developed in 2008 in response to stakeholder and postal CEO requests for the postal sector to minimise its carbon footprint. A global initiative, involving 19 participants from four continents – Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and North America - the programme provided a common carbon measurement and reporting structure that enabled participants to share their carbon and environmental management strategies, performance, and achievements.

In 2008, EMMS participants set two targets to reach collectively by 2020:

  • to achieve a score of at least 90% in Carbon Management Proficiency (CMP)
  • to reduce combined carbon emissions from own operations by 20%.

After achieving the emissions target in 2014, a new intensity reduction target was set:

  • to reduce total carbon emissions per letter mail and per parcel by 20% by 2025.

This target focused on delivery efficiency, and has also broadened the scope of the EMMS programme to include outsourced transport. It was approved by the Science Based Target (SBT) initiative. The 2020 CMP target was achieved in 2018.

Now, the group is looking beyond carbon in the expanded SMMS programme, aligning their focus areas with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

More information on the sector results of the Sustainability Measurement and Management System (SMMS) can be found under the Group Results section.

 

 

More information

To find out more about the IPC Sustainability Measurement and Management System, contact: pieter.reitsma@ipc.be.