Posti’s environmental management is based on environmental management standards, particularly ISO 14001, as well as legal and official requirements and the UN’s Global Compact principles and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Posti’s quality and environmental policy covers all countries of operation.
Environmental issues are discussed both in the Management Board and the Audit Committee at least once a year as part of more extensive corporate responsibility reporting. The targets for environmental work are determined by the corporate responsibility steering group. The business groups determine more detailed operating programs as part of their management model.
Employees’ awareness of environmental issues is promoted through training and employee orientation as part of the ISO 14001 management system. Environmental issues are also regularly discussed in the channels of internal communication. At the end of 2016, certified environmental management systems covered 83 percent (2015: 88 percent) of the Group’s personnel. The warehouses in Russia also follow an environmental management system pursuant to ISO 14001.
Posti’s environmental program aims to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2020, in proportion to net sales (compared to 2007).
Improving energy efficiency
Posti was among the first to join the new energy efficiency agreement period 2017-2025. The agreement is a voluntary commitment to improve energy efficiency. Posti signed the agreement for the second time now.
Posti aims to reduce the energy consumption of its facilities by 10.5 percent during the review period 2014–2025. The relevant measures concern the properties with the highest rates of energy consumption. In many locations, lighting technology about to become obsolete was replaced with LED lights during 2016. The work will continue in 2017. Changes to lighting control have also been carried out at many locations. Lighting is responsible for nearly 60 percent of the energy consumption in Posti’s facilities.
1,920 solar panels on the roof of the logistics center in Vantaa
Posti uses only green electricity and, in the future, part of it will be produced by Posti itself. Last winter, Posti mounted 1,920 solar panels on the roof of its Vantaa logistics center. The nominal power of the plant is 500 kW. Its calculated annual output is 450,000 kW. This is equal to the annual consumption of approximately 25 detached houses. Posti uses all of the energy itself, because the logistics center operates around the clock.
To ensure sustainable development, Posti has undertaken to:
- comply with all applicable environmental laws and standards, including ISO 14001;
- reduce the fuel consumption of its vehicles;
- reduce the energy consumption of its facilities;
- improve recycling and reduce landfill waste;
- consider environmental aspects in sourcing, subcontracting and investment decisions;
- engage in open discussion with its stakeholders to minimize its environmental impact;
- ensure sufficient resources for maintaining and continually improving its environmental operations; and
- report its environmental impact annually and provide employees with information and the opportunity to operate in an environmentally efficient manner.
Recycling of work clothing
In the spring of 2016, Posti began to recycle valuable and usable work clothing. Extra, usable work clothing is sent to the warehouse of the work clothing supplier, where the clothing is washed, repaired and labelled and recycled. In the warehouse, recycled work clothing is placed on top of the piles. When ordering new work clothing, recycled clothing is always received first. For now, work clothing that is unfit for recycling ends up being utilized in energy production or as mixed waste.
Up to 99 percent of waste already recovered
Posti has centralized its waste management services to a single operator in Finland. This ensures energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The aim of waste management is to increase the amount of recoverable waste and minimize landfill waste. Posti aims to improve the recovery rate by one percent every year. In 2016, the recovery rate was already at 99 percent (2015: 98 percent) and the recycling rate was 66 percent. Each of Posti’s ISO 14001 certified operating locations has a documented waste management plan. It includes a list of what waste fractions the property collects, related operating models, and illustrations of the placement of waste containers at the property. The volumes of waste per fraction are presented in more detail under Indicators.