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Swiss Post is going to be carbon-neutral.

We are committed to a sustainable future

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A sustainable future for the next generation – this is a top priority for Swiss Post. From 2025 onwards, our letter and parcel deliveries in the urban centers of Zurich, Bern, Basel and Geneva will be completely carbon-free. We also want to make our in-house operations completely carbon neutral from 2030. This includes switching to alternative drive systems, acquiring 100 percent of electricity from renewable energy sources in Switzerland and phasing out fossil fuels for heating. From 2040 onwards, our entire value chain should also be carbon neutral, which will make our company as a whole net zero.

By 2040, we intend to achieve our ambitious net zero target. That is why we will neutralize unavoidable residual emissions from 2030. This means that in addition to our carbon reduction activities, we will also actively remove CO2 from the atmosphere. This will be achieved through the use of natural and technical reservoirs such as reforestation, storage in the ground or extraction from the atmosphere.

Illustration: Our contribution to limiting global warming to 1.5 °C  2021: 100% of electricity from renewable sources, conversion to alternative drive systems, withdrawal from fossil fuel heating.  2021-2030 38% C02 reduction for in-house operations between 2021 and 2030. 22.5% C02 reduction in the value chain between 2021 and 2030.  2030: Climate-neutral Swiss Post for in-house operations. Neutralization of residual emissions from in-house operations from 2030 and completely from 2040 through active removal from the atmosphere.  2040: Net zero Swiss Post Net zero: at leat 90% reduction in total emissions, including in the value chain (Scopes 1-3)

What does net zero mean?

All greenhouse gas emissions that Swiss Post is unable to prevent along the entire value chain, despite all the measures it has taken, will subsequently be removed from the atmosphere using targeted reduction measures. This will reduce the overall carbon footprint to net zero.

A net-zero global climate balance is desirable in order to stabilize global temperatures. The scientifically based and internationally applied SBTi framework definesTarget not accessible what a company must do to achieve for a net zero balanceTarget not accessible. It follows the UN climate goal of limiting global warming to a maximum of 1.5 °C.

Carbon neutral vs. net zero: what's the difference?

Carbon neutral in our own operations means that Swiss Post reduces its own emissions in line with the specifications of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) (PDF, 119.5 KB)[Media | Not Accessible] by 42 percent through 2030 (base year 2021) and remove the remaining unavoidable emissions from the atmosphere.

More on this topic in the brochure “CO2 removal: The key points at a glance” (PDF, 226.3 KB).

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