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Australia’s largest delivery network achieves environmental targets

Australia Post has achieved its 2020 environmental targets during its busiest period on record, reducing carbon emissions by 25 per cent and diverting 100,000 tonnes of material from landfill.

Australia Post has announced it will set ambitious new targets designed to achieve further emissions and operational waste reductions as well as considerably increase the organisation’s recycling rate by 30 June 2025.

Nicole Sheffield, Australia Post Executive General Manager Community & Consumer  said that with Australia’s largest delivery network and as one of the nation’s most trusted brands, Australia Post has an important role to play in helping to build a sustainable future.

“Since 2000 we have reduced our carbon emissions by 25 per cent – the equivalent to moving 41,665 cars off the road – and since 2016 we’ve diverted 100,000 tonnes of material from landfill,” Sheffield said.

“This is extremely significant given the number of addresses we deliver to increases every year and parcel volumes continue to grow. In April this year alone our parcel volumes were 64 per cent higher than the same time in 2019.”

Australia Post’s new environmental targets will see a 15 per cent reduction in emissions by 2025, equalling a total reduction of 127,315 tonnes, in addition to a 70 per cent uplift in recycling and a 20 per cent decrease in operational waste.

CouriersPlease (CP) have also sharpened their environmental targets, beginning with offsetting 100 per cent of its operational emissions – which includes waste, energy use, staff travel and flights.

Australia’s transport emissions account for 19 per cent of the country’s overall carbon emissions – a higher rate than the world-combined transport emissions figure of 15 per cent.

CP aims to be completely carbon neutral across all areas of the business by 2025 and is calling on the wider transport and logistics industry to set a target to reduce carbon emissions.

Paul Roper, Chief Commercial Officer at CP, said as part of its climate change action and overarching environmental strategy to be a carbon-neutral carrier, CP are working with CRI to become completely carbon neutral across the rest of the business in the next five years.

“We encourage other organisations to review their carbon emissions and create an environmental action plan, so they too can contribute to climate change action.”

Sheffield said Australia Post’s sustainability targets underpin everything that the company does from the products to the services it provides.

“Our plastic satchels are made from 80 per cent recycled contents and we have a soft-plastics recycling partnership with REDCycle,” she said.

Australia Post has introduced carbon neutral delivery for parcels sent via our retail network and MyPost Business platform, offsetting the emissions of over 62 million parcels in the past year.

“We’re also very proud to be Australia’s largest electric fleet operator with more than 1,100 electric delivery vehicles and almost 2,500 electric bikes delivering to homes and businesses around the country,” Sheffield said.

Australia Post’s three-year Environmental Action Plan concluded in June 2020. The company is currently 12 months into its 2020-22 Group Corporate Responsibility Plan Everyone Matters: Our plan for inclusive and sustainable prosperity.

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