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30 further trees to the Mmankgodi community as a way of emphasizing the importance of environmental conservation. Morocco 88 Morocco Post sponsors campaigns to raise public awareness of environmental issues. "Let our beach smile" is an annual campaign designed to offer visitors clean and healthy beaches suitable for recreational activities and water sports. Under the auspices of the Mohammed VI Foundation, Morocco Post contributes to public health infrastructure and equipment for daily cleaning of the beach, waste collection, etc. This campaign also covers cultural, arts and sports activities. The next campaign involves planting of trees. To celebrate Earth Day, Morocco Post planted 100 trees in the Bettana area of Salé in 2008. Thailand 89 "Thailand Post Youth Camp 2008: Thai Youths for a Green Environment" was a project to educate young people about Thailand's postal business and Thai postage stamps and to instil them with a love of nature and awareness of the crisis of global warming. Camp experiences stressed hands-on learning. Thailand Post lent support to the project "Earth Conservation with Jaew" initiated by Samsip Yang Jaew, a TV talk show broadcast on Channel 3. All post offices nationwide were turned into drop-off points for used drink containers. The project managed to reduce Thailand's waste by 208 tonnes, the equivalent of 188 tonnes of carbon dioxide that would otherwise have been released into the atmosphere. The used containers were recycled and used to make chairs, tables, and stationery items, all of which were later given to the Border Patrol Police School. Lessons learned: – Indirect effect: public becomes environmentally conscious, individuals' behaviour changes. – Operators enhance their public image. – Postal offices are positioned as a key infrastructure for public campaigns. 8.2.2 Philately as a public awareness tool Philately has a long history and a big influence on the public. In 2009, about 7,000 different postage stamps were issued. In 2010, designated operators gained about 27.7 billion USD from postage stamp sales. To raise the awareness of the public, the postal sector has issued stamps on a number of specific themes. In 2009, 91 stamps on the theme of global warming were issued and registered in the World Numbering System (WNS), jointly developed by the World Association for the Development of Philately (WADP) and the UPU. 90 Here are some examples: – AR005.09: Argentina. – IS006.09: Iceland. – AZ011.09: Azerbaijan. 88 www.bam.net.ma/ 89 www2.thailandpost.com/AnnualReport/en/ANNUAL_REPORT_2008e.pdf 90 www.wnsstamps.ch/en/stamps?search%5Bsubtheme_id%5D=16261&search%5Btheme_id%5D=6&search%5Byear% 5D=2009

31 In 2010, numerous stamps were issued to mark the "International Year of Biodiversity" and promote efforts to "preserve the polar regions and glaciers", and the UPU International Bureau has invited the designated operators of UPU member countries to include in their 2010 or 2011 stamp programme one or more stamps and philatelic products marking those events. 91 Aside from stamps, new international reply coupons with the UNEP logo "UNite to Combat Climate Change" have been put into circulation. Ten million reply coupons are expected to be in circulation between 2009 and 2013. 92 Lessons learned: – Stamps raise the awareness of the public. – Issuing stamps is good for businesses. Conclusions This publication has aimed to set out some of the best practices followed by postal operators in the area of sustainable development. The UPU International Bureau hopes that this guide will inspire other operators to be greener in their operations, and thus help to make the postal sector as a whole more sustainable. For operators, going green can lead to reduced costs and strengthen the foundations of their business, and Posts stand to reap benefits in terms of public image. In other words, even in financial terms the benefits can outweigh the costs. So what options exist to become a "green Post"? The first option is to adopt green policies and seek certification. This guide provided examples of operators establishing general environmental policies for the running of their business. Through general policies, operators can achieve indirect cost-cutting effects and indirect environmental effects. To have direct effects, specific measures need to be taken. Policy-making processes and policy-implementation processes are different, so it is desirable to clarify who is in charge of the implementation process. In addition, each operator has its own particular conditions, but actions should be replicable. Certification by third parties is also important. Operators have to invest a certain sum to obtain certification, but they make savings in the long run. Through the process of acquiring certification, operators can improve their environmental management ability and can enhance their public image. The second option is to measure one's own environmental impact. By measuring this impact, operators can properly acknowledge their own figures and set concrete targets, and then take concrete reduction measures. In addition, having certification is a great advantage for operators in terms of CSR and their business strategies. The third option is to work towards mitigation. There are numerous examples of Posts taking mitigating action, which for operators can translate into simultaneous reductions in costs and emissions. Some operators reduce energy consumption by limiting fuel consumption and through other direct measures. In the transportation field, some operators have reorganized their postal processes. Concerning vehicles, operators can adopt regular maintenance routines and switch to new "green vehicles". In addition, staff education in eco-driving and introduction of new technologies are effective measures. Through these actions, operators can achieve reductions in energy consumption and at the same time improve drivers' safety. Regarding buildings, operators are now paying much more attention to the environment when building and renovating buildings. Several operators have put in place general policies for premises and build "green 91 www.upu.int/en/activities/philately/about-philately.html 92 www.upu.int/en/activities/sustainable-development/environment/environment-upus-commitment.html

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