About environmental sustainability

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With more than 1 million vehicles and some 800,000 buildings combined, the postal operators of UPU member countries have a significant environmental impact.

However, the postal sector is also part of the solution. It has the most advanced transport network in the world, is a major employer and reaches a large audience daily. In most cases, Posts are also the owners of the biggest vehicle fleets on a national level. As such, the Post is a powerful agent for change.

Many postal operators have come far in implementing sustainable practices. Postal organizations around the world are transitioning their fleets to alternative vehicles and generating their own renewable energy, and have mainstreamed sustainability into their business management and procurement processes. Others are active in the communities they serve and make their infrastructure available for recycling schemes and information sharing on environmental issues.

With the rise of e-commerce, an increasing demand from consumers for sustainable products and services, including climate-efficient shipping, is shaping new business models in the postal sector.

The UPU monitors the greenhouse gas emissions of postal operations worldwide and provides postal operators with a tailor-made carbon accounting tool: OSCAR.post.

In addition, the UPU carries out a range of activities that seek to build capacity and share best practices on climate change mitigation and natural resource management, and works together with other organizations to shape the global sustainability agenda.