EU Commission and Universal Postal Union race to calculate environmental footprint in parcel delivery

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Methodologies for calculating and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants in parcel delivery are an important basis for implementing and demonstrating compliance with climate change targets. 

EU Commission and Universal Postal Union race to calculate environmental footprint in parcel delivery

To this end, the EU Commission, in a draft implementation of the 5th standardisation mandate to the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN), and the Universal Postal Union, with its initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the postal sector, have launched corresponding activities almost simultaneously. The UPU’s initiative aims to enable former or still state-dominated postal operators to adopt climate-neutral business models. The EU Commission’s initiative, on the other hand, is aimed at all stakeholders, especially small and medium-sized CEP companies, thus enabling them to adopt climate-neutral business models as well. 

“We must succeed in ensuring that preferential access to calculation methods does not become a competitive advantage for individual market participants. Competition should unfold through the implementation of climate protection activities, the associated service offers and business models,” says Andreas Schumann, Chairman of the Bundesverband der Kurier-Express-Post-Dienste e.V.. 

Walter Trezek, chairman of the UPU advisory committee: „That is why we are working to ensure that the activities of the EU Commission or standardisation via CEN and the activities of the UPU are coordinated and accessible without discrimination.”

“This is how digitalisation in modern trade, the growth of online trade and the associated increase in parcel volumes can be brought into line with ambitious international climate protection targets,” adds Florian Seikel, managing director of logistic-natives e.V.

The Bundesverband der Kurier-Express-Post-Dienste e.V. (BdKEP) has represented the interests of small and medium-sized enterprises in trade policy since 1990. It is the point of contact for politicians, ministries, authorities, the press and people interested in the industry. The BdKEP advocates non-discriminatory access to the postal market for all market participants.

logistic-natives e.V. is the medium-sized international logistics infrastructure network of modern trade. With its pragmatic expertise, the network is the contact for representatives from politics, administration, business and other institutions in order to create national and international solutions for modern trade.


Walter Trezek is chairperson of the UPU’s Consultative Committee and chairman of the standardisation of new digital postal services in the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).


Photo: Anthony Levrot, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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