PostNord has been in the top five since the assessments were first made in 2008.
“We are very proud of our work with environmental issues – and that our strategy is sustainable. We have an ambitious goal that is also solidly linked to activities that will lead to achieving the goal,” says PostNord‘s Head of Environment and Quality, Susanna Fink.
For several years, PostNord’s environmental work has been ranked as among the best in the industry by the International Post Corporation (IPC), the collaborative body of the world’s leading postal companies. The ranking measures the qualitative environmental efforts of the participating postal companies by asking each of them to, among other things, answer questions about aspects including the commitment of its management to climate issues, the size of its electric vehicle fleet and its level of emissions.
20 postal operators were assessed in this year’s ranking. Five of them were ranked in the gold category. One of these was PostNord.
“PostNord continues to perform well in terms of its work with environmental issues. We have improved somewhat and have a stable ranking. It is difficult to make major changes when one is already performing at a high level. The ranking is a bonus and also provides confirmation that we are heading in the right direction,” says Susanna Fink.
PostNord‘s long-term goal is to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent by 2020, a goal that it looks like the company will achieve. Just last year, emissions fell by nearly 8 percent compared with the previous year, and emissions have fallen by a total of 23 percent since 2009. Initiatives and measures that aim to achieve the goal are continually pursued.
“We carry out activities in a number of areas. These involve, for example, the increasing use of biofuels, transportation by train where possible and a reduction in the use of airplanes, the promotion of energy efficient buildings and the use of green electricity, as well as ensuring fully loaded trucks and optimized delivery routes. 27 percent of the total vehicle fleet are electric vehicles and the employees are continuously trained in fuel-efficient driving. We have come quite a long way,” says Susanna Fink.
Future plans regarding the work with environmental issues are also influenced by external factors.
“We have to, for example, impose the right requirements on our suppliers, as emissions that arise when we use suppliers of transportation services are included in the assessment of the progress toward our environmental goal. Another challenge that has to be handled relates to third party factors, for example, the serious neglecting of railway maintenance and the situation regarding the supply of biofuels in all the Nordic countries.”