UN to help postal sector slash its carbon emissions
UN will provide assistance to the postal sector around the world, in developing solutions and mechanisms for reducing its carbon emissions.world Updated: May 07, 2008 15:08 IST
The United Nations will provide assistance to the postal sector spread around the world, in developing solutions and mechanisms for reducing its carbon emissions.
The UN's Universal Postal Union (UPU) and Environment Programme (UNEP) have announced their plans to work jointly in order to help the world wide postal sector, which has over 600,000 establishments across the globe, to slash emissions.
The two agencies said they will calculate the quantity of greenhouse gas emitted by postal services around the globe, including a survey of buildings and an assessment of mileage covered and fuel consumed by vehicles.
Once emissions have been calculated, the agencies will offer a range of solutions to postal operators in the UPU's 191 member States, focusing on ways to cut the outflow of greenhouse gases.
The UPU said on Tuesday that 660,000 postal establishments use some 250,000 motorcycles, over 600,000 cars, vans and trucks, as well as hundreds of aircraft, to deliver mail to the four corners of the world.
In addition, tons of paper are used for daily communications,"The sector therefore has a significant role to play in cutting greenhouse gas emissions," the agency said.