Australia Post has released a sustainability roadmap including a commitment to spend tens of millions with social enterprises and Indigenous suppliers.
Aus Post became the first Commonwealth Government Business Enterprise to target net zero by 2050
The 2025 Sustainability Roadmap Delivering a Better Tomorrow, outlines targets around emissions, renewable energy, sustainable packaging, landfill reductions and social procurement.
$100 million social enterprise commitment
The Roadmap includes a target to spend $100 million with social enterprises and Indigenous suppliers within three years (2025).
Other targets include:
- reducing emissions by 15% by 2025 (FY19 baseline)
- sourcing 100% renewable energy by 2025
- having 100% ‘fully sustainable’ packaging by 2025 and a 20 per cent reduction of landfill waste.
Other supply chain-related targets include an investment in sustainable aviation fuel, driving adoption of electric vehicles in the supply chain and partnering with key suppliers.
Aus Post says the Roadmap centres on “a science-based approach that aligns with the aims of the UN Paris Agreement and emissions reduction target validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative in 2021.”
Australia Post has an electric delivery fleet of 4,635 vehicles covering more than 28 million kilometres each year.
Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Paul Graham said the Roadmap on its carbon reduction efforts thus far.
“Over the past few years, we have seen unprecedented growth in our parcels business because of the pandemic. Although, as our revenue has climbed, our carbon intensity has dropped. In fact, the carbon emissions per parcel associated with sending the average domestic parcel via Parcel Post halved between FY18 and FY21,” he said.
Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP, welcomed Australia Post’s initiative after the Federal Government’s Climate Change Bill passed through Parliament earlier in September.