Our approach, targets & policy
Our approach to environmental management is multi-faceted.
As part of our commitment, we’re reducing our overall level of greenhouse gas emissions, removing virgin plastics from our product range and driving the reduction, reuse and recycling of materials that would otherwise go to landfill. This includes putting in place actions to minimise environmental risks to our people, infrastructure and services.
In 2018 we released our first Environmental Action Plan (2018-2020) to focus on emissions reduction, reuse and recycling, resilience building and supply chain sustainability. At the plan’s conclusion in 2020, we have:
- successfully met our target to reduce CO2 emissions by 25 per cent (100,000 tonnes) since 2000
- successfully met our target to divert 100,000 tonnes of material from landfill
- introduced a sustainable packaging range of 80 per cent recycled plastic satchels and FSC certified parcel boxes
- introduced carbon neutral delivery for parcels sent via our retail network and MyPost Business platform, offsetting the emissions of over 62 million parcels to date
- the largest electric fleet in the country, operating over 1,100 electric delivery vehicles and 2,500 electric bikes
In 2020 we set a new series of ambitious targets to continue this momentum and strengthen our work on the SDGs by tackling from our FY19 baseline:
- Target of a 15 per cent reduction of our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by June 2025. This represents a 2.5 per cent reduction pathway each year, totalling a reduction of over 127,000 tonnes
- Target of a 20 per cent reduction of operational waste by June 2025
- Target of a 70 per cent increase of our operational waste recycling rate by June 2025
Our approach to environmental management is multi-faceted. We’re reducing our overall level of greenhouse gas emissions and driving the reduction, reuse and recycling of materials that would otherwise go to landfill. This includes putting in place actions to minimise environmental risks to our people, infrastructure and services.
We have set two key environmental targets to achieve by 2020:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25%
- Enable the reuse and recycling of 100,000 tonnes of material
Being transparent with our people, customers and community about our environmental impacts is a priority, ultimately driving accountability around how we run our business and supply chain activities.
We consider the social, ethical and environmental dimensions of our entire supply chain. This means making environmental sustainability considerations, as well as bringing key evaluation criterion into our procurement process.
Some highlights include:
Committed to sustainable packaging solutions, we are not only constantly exploring more sustainable alternatives for our packaging, but working with our customers to manage packaging when it’s ready to be disposed of.
In 2020, we overhauled our plastic packaging range so that it is now made of 80 per cent recycled plastic content – which is best in market. This means we no longer solely use virgin plastic in approximately 95 per cent of our range and are working to have our entire range converted by the end of 2021.
In addition, we’ve adopted the Australian Recycling Label and formed a partnership with the REDcycle Program to make our plastic satchels fully recyclable. Customers simply collect their satchel and drop it into one of the REDcycle bins located in more than 1,800 major supermarkets across Australia. For more information, visit REDcycle.
To ensure the highest level of transparency and successful integration of sustainable practices across our supply chain, we have partnered with highly regarded not-for-profit membership organisation, Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX).
SEDEX is a global organisation that helps both customers and suppliers identify and manage potential risks in their supply chain. Through its online database, SEDEX makes it easier to manage potential risks in supply chains.
In May this year we hosted the Australian SEDEX Conference at our HQ in Melbourne.
We’re improving our transport network to be more efficient as part of our broader corporate responsibility strategy. Some of these initiatives include:
Shifting to fuel efficient vehicles
The introduction of more fuel efficient motorbikes have driven a 62 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency since 2013 with annual cost savings of $1.39 million. This is based on a reduction of 1.2 million litres of fuel and annual carbon savings of 2800 tonnes.
Our four-cylinder hybrid sedans are also 60 per cent more fuel efficient when compared to the older six-cylinder vehicles in our fleet and the hybrid trucks are around 15 per cent more fuel efficient.
Many posties have chosen to swap their motorbikes for push bikes and electric bikes over the last few years. This has reduced emissions, and improved the health and wellbeing of our people.
The electric mail bikes provided by eVehicle Service (EVS) allow posties to cover up to 35 kilometres in a day and reach 1,000 delivery points.
Over the last 3 years, we’ve conducted a series of electric vehicle trials across Australia. The first of these started in 2014 and was in partnership with Renault Australia, trialling Australia’s first fully electric commercial van.
We’ve also trialled 3-wheeled electric vehicles for posties, carrying up to 1,200 letters and 3 times as many parcels as previously possible. Through these dedicated programs and the insights gained, we hope to see greater integration of electric vehicles across our fleet in the near future.
Fuel reduction programs
In recent years we’ve conducted a series of electric vehicle trials across Australia. The first of these started in 2014 in partnership with Renault Australia, trialling the country’s first fully electric commercial van.
Since then, we have rolled out electric-assisted push bikes and three-wheeled electric vehicles for posties - which can carry up to 1,200 letters and three times as many parcels than previously possible.
Road to rail
We’ve collaborated with one of our largest suppliers, Linfox, to move a large amount of our freight to rail – the lowest emission form of land transport. This move has reduced our overall greenhouse gas emissions and saved millions of dollars in transport costs, all while ensuring no degradation in service to our customers.
For over 4 years, we’ve embedded the latest and safest technology into our new sorting facilities to sort suitable parcels directly to trailers. The density of freight within loose loaded trailers has been increased by more than 93 per cent, reducing our requirement for prime movers and fuel.
Transitioning to a circular economy
To help transition to a circular economy, we're providing logistics to underpin the movement of materials so individuals and businesses can have more opportunities to reuse, repurpose and recycle items.
As a facilitator and coordinator of the Revamp Network, we collaborate with businesses, not-for-profits and industry bodies to help find new and innovative solutions to the responsible production and consumption of goods.
Learn more about our role and read our white paper “Transitioning to a Circular Economy”, or watch our short two-minute video.
Since 2013, we’ve introduced the latest and safest technology into our sorting facilities to increase freighter capacity and delivery efficiency. With this technology, we have increased the density of freight within loose loaded trailers by more than 93 per cent while reducing our requirement for additional vehicles and fuel.