Tracking our progress
We have identified objectives and metrics to monitor our progress in relation to each of the five SDGs to which we are committed. To ensure transparency in our reporting, we have also included an indicator as to our current assessment of the likelihood of achieving the objective within the stated timeframe. This is to acknowledge the fact that many of our targets are ambitious in nature.
We have added some new metrics in 2020. No metrics have been removed since we reported in 2019. Some metrics from 2019 have been amended but this has not resulted in any restatement of prior year numbers. Where amendments have been made, the reasons are discussed in the Notes below the table.
N1 We have amended the metric for the reduction of road traffic accident rates year on year from ‘accidents per 10,000 km’ to ‘accidents per 1million km’ to align with our safety reporting standards. This does not result in any restatement of prior year numbers.
N2 We have amended the objective for the ‘increase the proportion of women in management positions year on year’ to ‘Increase the proportion of women in senior management positions year on year’ to align with the description of metrics in the An Post Gender Pay Gap Report. This does not result in any restatement of prior year numbers.
N3 We have amended the objective for ‘spending €100m on sustainability capital expenditure by 2022’ to ‘spending €100m on sustainability capital expenditure by 2025’. This is due to COVID-19. This does not result in any restatement of prior year numbers.
N4 We have amended this objective to reflect the fact that during 2020, EMMS changed to SMMS. As part of that change, a broader range of factors was taken into consideration, which stretched beyond the original EMMS focus on climate change. This does not result in any restatement of prior year numbers.
N5 Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from owned or controlled sources 1 (e.g. fuel combustion, company vehicles). Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from purchased utilities (e.g. purchased electricity).
N6 Scope 3 emissions include all sources not within an organisation's scope 1 and 2 boundary (e.g. employee commuting, waste disposal etc).
N7 We have amended the metric for upgrades to energy efficient lighting. It previously stated ‘% of buildings with lighting replaced’, but a more accurate description is ‘% of programme complete’. We have done this because some sites have partial upgrades and therefore a description of it as the percentage of programme completed better reflects the work that has been done. This does not result in any restatement of prior year numbers.
N8 We have amended the objective to purchase 750 electric vehicles by 2022. With the purchase of 843 light commercial vehicles and 3 electric rigid trucks in 2020 exceeding this original objective, our new objective is to increase the number of EVs to 2,000 by 2022.
N9 We have amended the objective for eco-driving. It previously stated that 100% of our drivers would be trained in eco-driving by 2022. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions this will not be achieved until 2023.
N10 Due to COVID-19, the planned extension of emission-free deliveries to Galway, Limerick and Cork cities will not be achieved until 2021.