The observation is clear: the average temperature on the Earth’s surface is steadily increasing. Warming is facilitated by the emission of ozone-depleting greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2). Recall that this gas is released into the atmosphere as a result of various combustion processes (petrochemical, industrial production, automobile emissions, etc.). In short, climate change is man-made.
From the end of the 19th yearc The total temperature increased by about 1.1°C during the century. France has only risen 2.3°C over 180 years. And climate change will continue in the short term, as according to the latest IPCC report, there is a good chance that the 1.5°C limit will be exceeded by 2050.c century will depend on future emissions.
The effects of climate change are already being felt around the world, with consequences for ecological balances and our societies. For example, we can show its impact on meteorological phenomena (more frequent and intense heat waves, increased precipitation, extreme drought, increased number of tropical cyclones, etc.).
Another result: sea level rise (20 cm between 1901 and 2019), irreversible melting of ice in Antarctica and retreat of glaciers. According to the IPCC scenario, these events should accelerate to reach even 1 and 2 m. Ocean acidification is also a concern. By trapping too much CO2, the oceans become acidic, endangering shellfish, coral reefs, fish and other plankton.
Climate change also affects many species that do not have time to adapt to new temperatures, disrupting seasons or increasing the number of extreme weather events. These upheavals have already led to the extinction of numerous species. Therefore, biodiversity is under great threat.
By disturbing the balance of the natural ecosystem, Man also endangers himself. According to the IPCC, half of the world’s population is actually weakened by climate change. The latter affects, for example, agricultural productivity, fishing practices and therefore food security for hundreds of millions of people. We may also increase the risks of increased water scarcity. Finally, climate change disrupts social, health and geopolitical balances in different regions of the world (resource conflicts, climate refugees, etc.).
Therefore, it is urgent to mobilize to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect an overheated planet. Aware of the problems, many French companies are organizing to effectively combat climate change by drastically reducing the carbon impact of their activities.
This is particularly true of the La Poste group, which has committed to reducing its emissions by 30% between 2013 and 2025 as part of its 2030 strategic plan. Last year, the mission-driven company went even further by renewing that goal. By 2030 (-42% between 2020 and 2030). It also extended the definition of the 2030 targets to all its activities and aims to achieve “Net Zero Emissions” within 17 years.
La Poste group will first double its electric vehicle fleet within 2 years to meet its commitments. It also intends to decarbonise medium and long-distance transport to reach 50% of kilometers traveled with low-carbon energy by 2030. The French company has invested 600 million euros in this sober and sustainable program.
This January, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an organization that publishes information on the environmental impact of the largest companies, gave the La Poste group an A rating. “This difference underlines the strategy of the La Poste group both in terms of its operations in terms of carbon-free logistics and in its approach to carbon neutrality,” defines a French company.
This year, out of 20,000 companies evaluated worldwide, only 284 were included in CDP’s A list. It should be noted that La Poste already won this prestigious rating in 2022.
“It is a source of pride for the La Poste group and all postal workers to once again be among the leading companies in the fight against climate change. This consecration is the result of an environmental policy launched two decades ago, and this new score proves that the CSR ambitions of the La Poste group are kept at a very high level. Philippe Wahl, Chairman and CEO of La Poste Group, said this.