Our goal is to reduce emissions by 30% by 2020. Between 2007 and 2014, our carbon-dioxide emissions in relation to net sales decreased by 17%. In 2007, the International Post Corporation (IPC) set a common goal for its members to reduce the carbon-dioxide emissions of the postal industry by 20% by 2020.
The amount of energy purchased during the review period decreased by 6% in the overall group and by 7% in Finnish operations, compared to 2013.
However, at the same time, the overall emissions of the group increased by 1% when compared to the overall emissions of 2013, particularly due to the increase of fuel usage in the real estate properties in Russia. In Russia, the growth of fuel consumption was affected by the cold spring and autumn of 2014 and the changes in the heating and refrigeration systems carried out in some storage targets.
We are committed to continually improving our operational quality and environmental responsibility. Through certification, we can prove to our stakeholders that our operations meet specific requirements. At the end of 2014, our certified environmental management systems covered 88% (77%) of the Group’s employees. We also have an ISO 14001 compliant environmental management system in our warehouses in Russia.
We identify, evaluate and manage the environmental aspects of our operations and are committed to
- complying with all applicable environmental laws and standards, including ISO 14001
- reducing the fuel consumption of our vehicles
- reducing the energy consumption of our facilities
- improving recycling and reducing landfill waste
- considering environmental aspects in sourcing, subcontracting and investment decisions
- engaging in open discussion with our stakeholders in order to minimize our environmental impact
- ensuring sufficient resources for maintaining and continually improving our environmental operations
- reporting our environmental impact annually and providing our employees with information and opportunities in order to operate in an environmentally efficient manner.