PostNL makes CDP A List for leadership in climate change efforts

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PostNL has been rewarded for its efforts against climate change by once again making CDP’s climate change A List. CDP judges PostNL to be a global leader in terms of its environmental ambitions, transparency and significant and demonstrable climate action. This puts PostNL in a select group of companies that are recording exceptional performances in this particular area.
PostNL’s CEO Herna Verhagen commented: “For the second year running, PostNL managed to secure a spot in CDP’s climate change A List – and we’re extraordinarily proud of this, of course. It’s clear evidence that we’re ahead of the game in our efforts to create a sustainable logistics supply chain. We see transparency as the bedrock for our objectives and actions to reduce carbon emissions and make a positive contribution to climate goals.”

Demonstrable results

PostNL has set ambitious targets to reduce its environmental footprint. For one thing, it aims to deliver all parcels and letters emission-free in the last mile in the Benelux region by 2030. And, as an interim step, to make its deliveries emission-free in 25 city centres by 2025. It’s using bikes and electric vehicles to help achieve its goals, while heavily investing in fossil-free fuel for its trucks and vans, such as HVO100 (renewable diesel) and biogas.
Today, over 30% of PostNL’s truck-driven kilometres are already powered by fossil-free fuels, with its fleet’s total carbon efficiency having improved by 17% in the first nine months of 2021 compared with full 2020. Until its fleet runs fully emission-free, PostNL is offsetting any remaining carbon emissions by its own vehicles and those of its delivery partners. In other words, from 2022 PostNL guarantees door-to-door net zero emissions.

Solidly based sustainable ambitions

Every year, PostNL reports its carbon reduction objectives to the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi). The initiative helps companies looking to emit less carbon to translate their ambitions into scientifically underpinned goals. PostNL has also signed up to the SBTi’s 1.5°C ambition for business, pledging to achieve net zero by 2050 and thus helping to contain global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius, in line with the Paris climate agreement.

About CDP and the climate change A List

CDP is a non-profit organisation that takes submissions from companies, cities, states and regions and rates them on their level of environmental transparency and disclosure. Founded in 2000, it releases a climate change A List every year, alongside a forests A List and a water security A List. These lists provide an overview of the world’s leading companies in terms of their environmental performance. In 2021, CDP recognised 200 companies for their climate change leadership and their contributions to a future economy that takes on board people and planet. The annual composition and publication of the CDP A Lists is considered the gold standard for transparency on companies’ environmental policies. This year, a record 13,000 companies heeded the call for submissions.

The full CDP climate change A List of companies that made the grade, plus methodology and criteria, can be found at, together with other publicly available company performances.