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DHL leads by example in the industry-wide reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions
The rapidly growing transport and logistics industry is responsible for 23 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s largest logistics company, is determined to be a leader in reducing the industry’s impact on the environment.
“The sector is a major contributor to global carbon emissions,” says Frank Appel, CEO, Deutsche Post DHL Group. “So it was only natural that we would focus on climate protection in our corporate responsibility strategy.”
In 2008, the Bonn, Germany-based FRPSDQ\ EHFDPH WKH ÀUVW DPRQJ LWV SHHUV WR address climate protection. It set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—for every letter, parcel, ton of freight and warehouse space—30 percent by 2020 over 2007 levels. Having already reported a 25 percent reduction, DHL appears well on its way to achieving its goals.
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Customers have responded well to the company’s Gogreen initiative that combines measures to address its own carbon footprint with specialized tools—such as carbon calculators and green optimization programs— that enable customers to measure and address carbon in their own supply chains.
“While it was a pioneering step in 2008, limiting carbon emissions has increasingly become a normalized feature of doing business,” Appel says. “I believe there is industry-wide recognition of the need to be environmentally conscious today.”
Because it believes that climate change is too great a challenge for any one player, DHL aims to set benchmarks for the industry. Doing so means collaborating to drive the industry-wide reduction of global emissions and working with organizations such as the U.k.-based Cdp—formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project—and Green Freight Asia to incentivize companies to measure and disclose environmental information.
“For the past six years, Deutsche Post DHL Group has shown its leadership on climate disclosure to their key customers through CDP’S supply chain program,” says Dexter Galvin, Head of Supply Chain at CDP. “They have consistently scored highly on disclosure, and in 2016 joined our prestigious Climate A-list.”
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“By offering customers carbon-neutral shipping solutions, our Gogreen program JLYHV WKHP FRQÀGHQFH WKDW WKH\ FDQ LQFRUporate sustainable supply chain practices into their own offerings,” Appel explains. “Whether it’s through reliability, time savings or access to new marketplaces, our services are an enabler for customers and provide added value for their products.”
With its acquisition of Streetscooter in 2014, an electric delivery van that marks a new era in combined mail and parcel delivery, Deutsche Post DHL Group strengthened its commitment to developing affordable electric vehicles and significantly lowering...