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Purolator releases 2021 Sustainability Report

Company lays framework to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 42 per cent by 2030

September 15, 2022

TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2022 — Today Purolator released its 2021 Sustainability Report, announcing its 2030 sustainability goals, including a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions–reduction goal that puts the organization on a path for net-zero emissions by 2050.

Purolator has adopted a science-based target to help limit global warming to no more than 1.5 C, with a mid-term goal to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 42 per cent by 2030. This will be achieved, in part, through the following:

  • Reducing emissions from electricity by 100 per cent through the use of renewable sources
  • Electrifying 60 per cent of last-mile delivery vehicles
  • Continuing to install energy-efficient equipment in its facilities and designing new buildings to meet green standards
  • Increasing the use of biofuels and using data analytics to optimize delivery routes

In 2021, Purolator established its 2020 baseline GHG emissions inventory, which it had verified for the first time by a third party. The organization also set a goal to divert 70 per cent of non-hazardous waste from landfill by 2030 and is working with its suppliers, partners and customers to reduce its Scope 3 GHG emissions.

“Purolator has made significant gains toward becoming the greenest courier in Canada. Along with setting interim goals to ensure we successfully reach net-zero emissions by 2050, we also lowered our Scope 2 emissions by 31 per cent and piloted alternative-fuel vehicles in our fleet,” said John Ferguson, President and CEO, Purolator. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and recognize there’s still considerable progress to be made. For example, we are going to expand our fleet of electric vehicles, improve recycling in our operations, and build greener facilities to ensure we contribute to a more sustainable and healthy future for everyone.”

2021 achievements

Delivering for our planet

  • Piloted eight e-bikes, one low-speed vehicle and five all-electric step vans
  • Received the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Fleet Award for leadership in clean transportation as the first Canadian courier to deploy all-electric step vans
  • Completed 27 LED lighting retrofit projects, reducing electricity consumption by approximately 20 per cent per facility

Empowering our people

  • Helped administer over 1,360 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at five Purolator pop-up clinics in at-risk communities
  • Welcomed nearly 4,000 new employees and conducted over 67,000 hours of training, during one of the largest onboarding efforts in Purolator’s history
  • Invested over 7,000 hours in delivering mental health and wellness programs to employees
  • Increased representation of women in Purolator’s governance bodies by 14 per cent

Helping our neighbours

  • Raised over 1.7 million pounds of food for food banks across Canada through the Purolator Tackle Hunger® program
  • Awarded more than $100,000 in grant prizes, including cash awards, marketing support and free shipping to three deserving Canadian small businesses
  • Provided in-kind shipping support equivalent to over $300,000 to our Canadian Football League (CFL) and charitable foundation partners in support of Purolator Tackle Hunger

Purolator's Sustainability Report is aligned with international standards including the Global Reporting Initiative, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information on Purolator’s progress, please read the 2021 Sustainability Report found on

About Purolator
Purolator Inc. is Canada’s leading integrated freight, package and logistics solutions provider. Celebrating over 60 years of delivering its customers’ promises, Purolator continues to expand its reach and renowned service levels and reliability to more people, more businesses and more places across the country and around the world. Purolator is proud of its Canadian heritage and is focused on sustainably positioning itself for future growth and success. Purolator is also committed to contributing to the well-being of the communities it serves and where more than 14,000 of its employees live, work and play.

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