300 Environmental Disclosures
Swiss Post constantly strives for environmental improvements.

The environmental disclosures include data on energy requirements, emissions generated and environmental aspects in the supply chain.

GRI 302: Energy

Swiss Post mainly uses procured energy produced by third parties. Energy consumption stands at 902 gigawatt hours. At 74 percent, fuels make up the largest share, followed by electricity at 15 percent and combustibles at 11 percent. A comparison with the prior year is not possible due to incorrect assignment within combustibles in previous years.

The share of renewable energy sources is 20.4 percent, as the entire two- and three-wheeled vehicle fleet is powered by electricity from renewable sources. This electricity has been obtained from renewable sources since 2008, and from “naturemade basic”-certified sources in Switzerland since 2013. Ten percent of this is “naturemade star”-certified eco-electricity produced from various small-scale power stations throughout Switzerland.

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The energy consumption outside Swiss Post is mainly due to goods transport by subcontractors and leased properties. It stood at 578 gigawatt hours and rose by 2 percent due to increased transport of parcels.

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Energy efficiency (the reciprocal of energy intensity) has increased by 26.2 percent since 2006. This means that Swiss Post has already surpassed the target of 25 percent by the end of 2020 set by the Confederation as part of the “Confederation: exemplary in energy” initiative for enterprises affiliated with the Confederation.

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In 2010, Swiss Post decided to use the annual funds from the redistribution of the CO2 levy on fuels for climate protection and energy efficiency measures in the “pro clima – We’re acting now” sustainability programme: since 2010, over 15 million francs from Swiss Post’s internal CO2 fund alone have been invested in measures such as electric and hybrid buses, electric delivery vans, electric charging infrastructure, biogas and biodiesel, replacement of fossil fuel heaters, LED lighting, awareness-raising and many other measures.

Important measures for the reduction of energy consumption include:

  • Energy optimization programmes in buildings. To save energy in buildings, Swiss Post relies on environmentally and resource friendly technologies, with more economical servers, PCs, notebooks and screens, and with the use of virtualization technologies. This has significantly reduced the power consumption and the number of servers, and the power and cooling requirements at IT installations have fallen.
  • Use of renewable energy in buildings. In its own buildings in Switzerland, Swiss Post is committed to renewable heat sources and heats buildings with heat pumps while also obtaining hot water via solar collectors on the roofs, uses 10 percent biogas in gas-heated buildings and makes use of waste heat from the data centers. For new systems or replacements for systems in need of an overhaul, only systems that run using renewable energy sources are used.
  • Energy-efficient construction and use of the very latest energy standards in new buildings: since 1 January 2019, Swiss Post has been committed to the integrated and sustainable DGNB construction standard as adapted for Switzerland in its new buildings and modernization projects. The new Swiss Post headquarters in Wankdorf, Berne is DGNB-certified and has been awarded the highest label, platinum. The PostFinance headquarters is MINERGIE-ECO-certified.
  • Use of renewable energy. All electricity is generated from 100 percent renewable, “naturemade basic”-certified energy sources. At least ten percent is high-quality “naturemade star”-certified green power. Most of Swiss Post’s own petrol stations offer 7 percent biodiesel.
  • Production of renewable energy. Swiss Post operates some of Switzerland’s largest photovoltaic systems on the roofs of its letter and parcel centers. The eleven systems currently in operation provide the public grid with approximately six gigawatt hours of solar electricity per year. The performance of these photovoltaic systems can be consulted live at any time. Three more systems on Swiss Post buildings, which produce electricity for in-house consumption, generated around 1.5 gigawatt hours of electricity. Further systems with a high share of in-house consumption are planned.
  • Use of rail transport for carrying letter and parcel consignments between the sorting centers. At the heart of combined transport is the yellow container: it is quickly and conveniently reloaded from trucks to carrier wagons and vice versa. With this combined solution, business partners can achieve a better eco-audit and lower transport costs, and the environment is spared thousands of vehicle kilometres on a daily basis. With 30 double-decker trucks for large shipments, Swiss Post transports up to 50 percent more freight than with the usual trucks. This helps reduce the number of journeys and thus the emissions per truck and per year.
  • Optimization of routes and vehicle utilization.
  • Use of alternative drive vehicles. Approximately 41 percent of the energy-efficient vehicle fleet already uses electric drive systems. The entire electric vehicle fleet is powered by eco-electricity from Switzerland, which is sourced exclusively from ecological, small-scale hydropower plants, biomass plants, solar plants or wind turbines.
  • Training drivers to drive more efficiently with “Eco-Drive”.
  • Swiss Post staff benefit from attractive reductions on public transport, reducing energy consumption on their way to work: they receive a Half-Fare travelcard free of charge; those who prefer a GA travelcard receive a discount on a second-class pass. All apprentices receive the GA travelcard free of charge.
  • Employees use public transport for business trips. Free day-return tickets are available for this purpose. Anyone who cannot leave the car behind can choose from a fleet of passenger cars. Swiss Post employees can also use the vehicles from Mobility CarSharing Switzerland.
  • Swiss Post encourages its employees to cycle to work; for example, by supporting the Pro Velo bike to work scheme. Employees also have free use of more than 1,200 bicycles and e-bikes from PubliBike.

Examples of the use of energy-efficient and climate-friendly products:

  • With the “pro clima” - Shipment service introduced in 2009, Swiss Post customers can send their mail carbon-neutrally for a small surcharge. Swiss Post also sends all its own mail carbon-neutrally.
  • With ecological packaging such as the PostPac Eco made from recyclable card and the reusable Dispobox, resources can be conserved when packaging consignments.
  • Thanks to Swiss Post’s 85 My Post 24 terminals, it is possible to collect or send parcels and registered letters around the clock. This can improve the first time delivery rate and save additional trips. The terminal compartments can also be used as lockers.
  • In many cities in Switzerland, Swiss Post offers bike sharing with PubliBike, promoting sustainable mobility and health. It also supports carvelo2go, the sharing platform for e-cargo bikes.
  • Online services and the e-finance service save time, effort and paper.
  • PostFinance offers investments in sustainable funds.

GRI 305: Emissions

Direct CO2 emissions amounted to 192,396 tonnes. At 92.1 percent, fuels make up the largest CO2 source, followed by combustibles at 6.3 percent and volatile emissions at 1.6 percent. A comparison with the prior year is not possible due to incorrect assignment within combustibles in previous years.

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Indirect CO2 emissions from electricity consumption stood at 20,188 tonnes, remaining at the previous year’s level and accounting for approximately ten percent of direct GHG emissions. All electricity is generated from 100 percent renewable, “naturemade basic”-certified energy sources. At least ten percent is high-quality “naturemade star”-certified green power.

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The remaining indirect CO2 emissions consist primarily of emissions from the fuel- and energy-related upstream chain, and from transportation by subcontractors and commuter traffic. They stood at 227,371 tonnes, roughly equivalent to the sum of scope 1 and scope 2 emissions.

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Greenhouse gas emissions per added value, operating income and job remained constant over the past year. The decline in emissions was roughly in line with declining added value, falling operating income and fewer jobs.

CO2 efficiency measured by core services (e.g. number of consignments, number of transactions, customer frequency in branches, passenger kilometres, square metres) improved by 20.4 percent between 2010 and the end of 2018.

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In 2010, Swiss Post decided to use the annual funds from the redistribution of the CO2 levy on fuels for climate protection and energy efficiency measures in the “pro clima – We’re acting now” sustainability programme: since 2010, over 15 million francs from Swiss Post’s internal CO2 fund alone have been invested in measures such as electric and hybrid buses, electric delivery vans, electric charging infrastructure, biogas and biodiesel, replacement of fossil fuel heaters, LED lighting, awareness-raising and many other measures. The measures implemented to reduce energy consumption make a full contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, all addressed domestic letters and PromoPost consignments are carbon-neutral. Swiss Post assumes the “pro clima” surcharges for CO2 offsetting and invests them in initiatives such as a Swiss Post offsetting project in Switzerland.

Emissions of ozone-depleting substances originate primarily in the refrigerants used in air conditioning systems. They have been declining for many years.

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Through the use of vehicles that comply with the latest emission standards and the use of low-sulphur heating oil, Swiss Post is trying to reduce NOx, SOx and other significant air emissions. The volume of air pollutants generated by Swiss Post has been declining since 2010.

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GRI 308: Supplier Environmental Assessment

As of 2017, all new suppliers must state their position with respect to environmental and social award criteria in public service tenders, and this information is included in the award decisions.

In the clothing sector, the basic requirement for taking on a new supplier is Oeko-Tex 100 certification, which ensures that a material is entirely free of environmentally hazardous chemicals. In addition, only FSC paper is procured as printing paper.

By 2020, all strategic suppliers will be reviewed according to ecological criteria using the EcoVadis system. There are currently 121 suppliers under review with EcoVadis. The average score achieved is encouraging and is well above the EcoVadis benchmark.

There are no known actual material negative environmental impacts in the supply chain, and the definition of specific measures with individual suppliers was not necessary during the year under review. In the event that measures are required in the future, they will be recorded and tracked in corrective action plans in accordance with the EcoVadis system. Swiss Post is responding to the potential negative effects identified by complying with more stringent standards such as Oeko-Tex 100, FSC, etc.