The Calgary Journal reports that “Canada Post set a goal in 2009 to cut its carbon dioxide emissions 20 per cent by 2020. Instead, the agency doubled its emissions.”
Their April 16, 2021 article states that the crown corporation’s GHG reduction targets are consistently overshot and that from 2009 to 2019, GHG emissions more than doubled. Major reasons for the increase? More demand for faster and more frequent deliveries, and more deliveries by air.
Canada Post is working to reduce transport emissions through increased use of hybrid vehicles, according to their 2019 Sustainability Report.
“As a major delivery company operating one of Canada’s largest last-mile delivery fleets, Canada Post has an important role to play in addressing climate change and is committed to a low-carbon future.” – Canada Post 2019 Sustainability Report, page 19.
Professor Matthew Roorda is Canada Research Chair in Freight Transportation and Logistics and Chair of the Smart Freight Centre. He explains that the increasing number of deliveries works against reducing GHG emissions from goods delivery:
“Even if companies can find more efficient ways to transport goods, they’re usually fighting against the volume of goods being delivered.” – Professor Matthew Roorda, University of Toronto.
Read more of Roorda’s comments and the full article “Report reveals Canada Post’s CO2 emissions doubled despite promise to reduce pollution,” Calgary Journal, April 16, 2021.
Read the full Canada Post 2019 Sustainability Report.