Posti offers C2C parcel carbon offsetting

Customers of Finnish Posti can now offset their postage carbon emissions. Posti is offering the service alongside the non-profit, Compensate Foundation. 

The postal operator has calculated that one domestic parcel emits around 700 grams of CO2 per delivery from end to end. The customer can pay to offset this online, paying €0.05 per parcel regardless of size and weight. Posti then forwards the funding to Compensate which then buys carbon credits.

The carbon offsetting is being arranged for C2C parcel deliveries, which is a growth market due to e-commerce in Finland.

“We want to offer consumers an easy way to compensate for the emissions generated from sending their parcel.  Consumers now have the possibility to make choices for more sustainable trade also when using our services,” says Timo Korander, Head of Consumer and Digital Services at Posti. 

One of the key areas that needs addressing in order to tackle climate change, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is to take measures to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Finland based Compensate was founded to take measures of this kind.

“Climate change can be contained, radically reducing emissions is unambiguously the most important thing we can do, but at the same time, we must also remove carbon dioxide that has already been released in the atmosphere. Foresting and protecting forests are the most efficient methods to do this according to current research,” explains Compensate’s founder Antero Vartia.

Compensate claim that this service with Posti is the first one where compensation has been directly linked to an already-existing customer experience of a digital service.

“Global warming can be stopped when climate acts become a natural part of the everyday life. It’s a question of changing our attitudes, as we should all take more responsibility for our emissions. When many of us make small climate decisions in the everyday life, their total becomes significant,” Vartia summarizes.


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