DHL leads by ex­am­ple in the in­dus­try-wide re­duc­tion of global green­house gas emis­sions

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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.

Such a sus­tain­abil­ity strat­egy also makes eco­nomic sense, Ap­pel says. *UHDWHU HIÀFLHQF\ DQG ORZHU IXHO XVDJH bring down costs, and be­ing proac­tive now can mit­i­gate po­ten­tial fu­ture costs from reg­u­la­tory or le­gal risks.

“Sus­tain­abil­ity is a mu­tu­ally in­clu­sive con­cept. We can­not cre­ate jobs, pay taxes, in­vest and grow in a com­pet­i­tive mar­ketSODFH ZLWKRXW GHOLYHULQJ SURÀWV μ KH H[SODLQV “We also de­pend on healthy and pros­per­ous so­ci­eties to pro­vide an en­vi­ron­ment that is con­ducive to growth.”

The lo­gis­tics gi­ant has also be­gun an DJJUHVVLYH H[SDQVLRQ LQWR HOHFWULÀHG YHKLFOHV to add to the 13,500 ve­hi­cles in its net­work that use elec­tric, hy­brid and other fuel op­tions or en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly fea­tures.

The com­pany jointly de­vel­oped what it calls the “Tesla of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles”— the Streetscoo­ter—for ur­ban de­liv­er­ies, and bought the com­pany that pro­duces them. This year, it plans to man­u­fac­ture 2,000 for XVH LQ LWV LQQHU FLW\ ÁHHW RSHUDWLRQV

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...

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