Environmental work at Norway Post
Norway Post works actively to find environmental measures that can help to reduce emissions together with technology companies and customers. Here are some examples of the Group's environmental work:
Norway Post is working to ensure that the environment is a part of all purchasing processes. Purchasing is one of the most important instruments that Norway Post has to support sustainable development. Norway Post is a member of the Swan Purchasers' Club that helps to ensure that Norway Post purchases products with the minimum of environmental impact.
The Group has focused on pre-sorting waste for many years. In 2010, the Group pre-sorted around 88 percent of all waste, and in 2011 the proportion had risen to 89 percent. The Group both saves and earns money through pre-sorting waste and contributes to reducing the impact on the environment. The goal is to increase the proportion of pre-sorted waste to 91 percent by 2015.
In parts of the Group, Norway Post purchases electricity with guarantees of origin. This is electricity that has been generated using renewable energy sources (sources with zero emissions).
Norway Post works continually on reducing its electricity consumption. One important tool in this work is site-based electricity meters that make it possible to follow-up consumption on an hourly basis. Local managers and building managers can use this information to the implement savings measures. Very many of the Group's units employ this solution.
During 2011, power-saving measures were implemented at, among others, Bring Warehousing and Bring Frigo. In total, Norway Post has reduced emissions from its buildings by 10 percent.
Norway Post's South-East Norway terminal, which opened in February 2010, has a GEO-energy plant (thermal energy) that provides a 97% reduction in environmental emissions. District heating from a nearby bioenergy plant is used as peak heating. This is the first time that this sort of technology has been used in an industrial project of this size in Norway.
Standardisation and certification
Environmental certification provides a clear documentation of the environmental work carried out by individual units. Certification is also an important contribution to building a culture of continual change at Norway Post. Norway Post has a total of 15 units that have Eco-Lighthouse certification, 2 of which were certified in 2011, including the Østland terminal, which is Norway's largest Eco-Lighthouse certified unit.
During 2011, Bring Express certified its entire business in Sweden and Finland according to the ISO14001 standard.
Norway Post is affiliated to the Global Compact, and the Environment makes up the largest part of the GRI reporting requirements.
Climate-neutral Service Pack
Norway Post introduced its first climate-neutral product the "Climate-neutral Service Pack" in March 2011. We are investing heavily in internal measures to reduce CO2 emissions even further for the Service Pack. We are doing this, in among other ways, through alternatives to fossil fuels, modernised vehicle technology and courses in environmentally-efficient driving for our drivers.
At present, it is impossible to make the Service Pack completely CO2 free. In order to compensate for the rest of the emissions, Norway Post purchases climate quotas to make the product climate neutral. The quotas are UN-approved and recommended by the Norwegian authorities, and are purchased by the Climate and Pollutions Directorate (KLIF).
On 5 June 2009 - World Environment Day, Norway Post introduced a calculator to enable the calculation of how much CO2 a parcel emitted when sent between different destinations in Norway. The calculator is certified by CO2 Fokus.
Recyclable plastic bags at post offices and business centres
The plastic bags that are used at Post Offices and business centres are 100 percent recyclable and made of granulates of ethlyene gas, which is a by-product of oil extraction.