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The Universal Postal Union (UPU), the United Nations specialized agency for postal services, just launched a new online tool for analyzing and reporting annual Post emissions.

This initiative is part of a broader goal to avoid the worst effects of climate change by making emissions reduction easily identifiable through comprehensive emissions measuring and reporting.

OSCAR, or the Online Solution for Carbon Analysis and Reporting for the postal industry, is the latest tool offered, free of charge, by UPU to its 192 members. The tools assists in creating comprehensive reports on greenhouse gas emissions with 20 key carbon performance indicators that enable postal services to track their progress overtime, benchmark their performance against industry averages, and ultimately to reduce and offset their emissions.

Its use will also be a prerequisite for obtaining financing from the Postal Carbon Fund, the offsetting fund dedicated to the postal sector.

The UPU'sdecision to apply this new tool therefore also aligns with the UNFCCC's Climate Neutral Now initiative, which the UPU joined in October 2015, aiming to encourage and enable organizations, companies and individuals to measure, reduce and offset their direct emissions with UN-certified carbon credits.

“The UPU is very pleased to be able to offer this service - initially to Posts -  to help them better understand their environmental impact,” said UPU Deputy Director General Pascal Clivaz.

“The UPU’s vision for the tool is to help Posts increase their efficiency, decrease their natural resource consumption and encourage them to invest in green solutions,” Clivaz added.

The reports are built on Greenhouse Gas Protocol measurement methodology and guided by Global Reporting Initiative standards. However, the data collected on annual emissions remains confidential.

OSCAR will be made available to designated postal operators in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, and Portuguese at www.oscar.post.

For the full press-release on OSCAR click here

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