Environmental work is strategically important

Environmental demands by customers are growing

Being the environmentally sound choice for our customers is commercially important to PostNord. Surveys by the group show that delivery quality, price and competence are the most important considerations for Nordic customers when choosing a logistics supplier. But customers are also increasingly valuing environmental aspects. In the past two years, Nordic companies have increasingly demanded documentation on climate impact and emissions from their logistics suppliers 1) . Three in ten companies today require this documentation. Customer demands for environmental certification are also increasing, and five in ten Nordic companies require ISO environmental certification. Many corporate customers also have their own ambitious environmental targets, and PostNord has an important role to play as a large logistics provider.

Environmentally sound services

In addition to general requirements for active environmental efforts, some customers are requesting specific services, such as customer- or service-specific environmental data or environmentally-friendly services.

PostNord Logistics in Norway has a prize-winning environmental calculator that works out environmentally-damaging emissions from transportation 2) . The calculator uses the weight and volume of the customer’s goods in relation to other goods in the same load, the type of transport, the distance and the topography. PostNord offers services in Sweden and Denmark with climate offset. In Sweden, for example, we offer direct mail for which PostNord ensures that the distribution is not by air and that the climate impact is offset. Our customers can in turn guarantee that their business is environmentally certified and that the mail is recyclable and fulfills the criteria of the Nordic Ecolabel.

Transport is the greatest challenge

Most of PostNord’s business involves the transportation of letters, wares and goods from one point to another. Carbon dioxide emissions from transport account for the lion’s share of the group’s environmental impact. 91% of the group’s total carbon dioxide emissions are related to transport. Reduced consumption of fossil fuels is therefore one of PostNord’s highest priority initiatives in order to achieve our long-term emissions target. The group’s Environment Fund 3) , which is intended to accelerate our environmental efforts, is expected to contribute to this target. Read more about the Environment Fund below.

PostNord uses several kinds of transport in order to carry out its business. We use both our own vehicles and purchased transport services. In order to be the environmentally sound choice for our customers, PostNord is working in a targeted manner to decrease its own impact on the environment, and requires that suppliers of transport services do the same. For example, PostNord requires certain EURO classes for its suppliers’ vehicle fleet. Requirements are also set with regard to tires and fuel use.

The long-term environmental goal

PostNord strives to conduct all business with the minimum possible impact on the environment. The long-term environmental target for the group is to decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 40% during the period 2009 to 2020. The overall target has been broken down into relevant sub-targets and key performance indicators, such as grams of CO2/letter, grams of CO2/parcel and liters of fuel/10 kilometers. PostNord monitors the results each quarter.

During 2013, PostNord’s emissions of carbon dioxide decreased by 6% to 396,377 (423,262) 4) tons. The decrease is mainly due to efficiencies in the logistics chain and investments in vehicles that are more fuel efficient. Increasing the mixture of bio-fuels in diesel in Sweden has also decreased fossil emissions. In relation to the base year 2009, emissions by the group have decreased by 16%.

More rapid pace with the Environment Fund

PostNord has had an Environment Fund since 2009, the purpose of which is to increase the pace of environmental efforts. The group earmarks funds for measures to improve the environment – and thus creates change in its own operations. The size of the Environment Fund is equivalent to what it would cost to offset the entire group’s emissions. Everyone at PostNord can make suggestions as to how the fund should be used for measures to improve the environment and climate. For 2013, SEK 100m was earmarked for the Environment Fund, and since 2009 about 90 projects to improve the environment and climate have been initiated.

Web-based environmental training

New group-wide web-based environmental training was introduced in 2012 to increase awareness of environmental issues. All managers, leaders, specialists, and administrators at PostNord will undergo the training, and between its introduction and the end of 2013 around 5,000 employees completed it.

Waste disposal

The operations of PostNord generate mostly paper waste, for example in the form of cardboard pallet collars. Waste is sorted at source, and during 2013 73 (76)% of waste was recycled and 27 (24)% was used for energy recovery. See also page 63.


PostNord cares about its surroundings and reduces noise from operations. Despite this, people may be disturbed. Complaints to municipalities can, for example, lead to injunctions to carry out noise measurements and possibly undertake other measures. During the year the group has finished work on decreasing noise nuisance for neighbors of the operations in Halmstad, Sweden, and continues work in Huddinge, Sweden.

Environmentally licensed operations

PostNord conducts operations in Sweden, Denmark, France, and Poland that require registration under national law. Such operations constitute a limited part of the group’s net sales. The Strålfors facilities in Ljungby, Sweden, require registration under the Swedish environmental code. Similar registration is made with the relevant authorities for Strålfors facilities in France and Poland. These operations are graphic production and affect the external environment in the form of emissions to air.

A number of vehicle wash facilities in PostNord’s Swedish operations are also required to register under the environmental code. No significant environmental incidents have occurred and there have been no major environmental disputes during the year. No licensed operations were required to renew their registration during 2013.

1) According to the Nordic logistics barometer for 2012, prepared by PostNord.

2) In 2011 PostNord Logistics (then Tollpost Globe) was awarded the Norwegian Logistics and Freight Association’s Environmental Prize for its calculation tool. The tool and the method were developed in a research project, where several large transport firms participated.

3) Called the Climate Fund in the period 2009–2013.

4) The emissions data includes completed acquisitions. Previously reported values have been adjusted.