Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s largest mail and logistics company, has announced ambitious new targets to reduce all logistics-related emissions to net zero by the year 2050. The target helps to meaningfully achieve the goal of limiting global warming to well below two degrees Celsius established at the 2015 Paris climate conference (COP 21), as well as to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Deutsche Post DHL Group also wants to become the market leader in green logistics and plans to expand its portfolio of green products and services to help customers achieve their own climate protection targets.
“The decisions we make today will determine how our children live 30 years down the line,” said Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group.
The goal of zero emissions by 2050 applies both to the company’s own activities and to those of its transport subcontractors. The mission of zero emissions logistics is supported by four interim milestones to be achieved by the year 2025 as part of the Group’s environmental protection program GoGreen:
- Globally, Deutsche Post DHL Group will increase the carbon efficiency of its own activities and those of its transport subcontractors by 50% compared to the 2007 baseline.
- At the local level, the Group aims to improve the lives of people right where they live and work using clean transport solutions. Deutsche Post DHL Group will operate 70% of its own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions e.g. by bike and electric vehicle.
- More than 50% of sales will incorporate Green Solutions, making customers’ supply chains greener.
- The Group will train and certify 80% of its employees as GoGreen specialists by 2025, and actively involve them in its environmental and climate protection activities. The company also plans to join with partners to plant one million trees every year. Their previous climate target – to improve carbon efficiency by 30% over the 2007 baseline – was achieved in 2016, four years ahead of schedule, thanks to a diverse range of measures to optimize the Group’s vehicle fleet, buildings and logistics networks.
Deutsche Post DHL Group’s environmental protection program GoGreen is built on two basic principles: Burn Less and Burn Clean. The “burn less” approach is about reducing energy consumption without changing the energy source, such as measures to improve load capacity. The “burn clean” focuses on using green energy sources and fuels, such as electric vehicles for pickup and delivery. Combining both principles achieves optimum results. Deutsche Post DHL Group also involves its customers in the optimization measures.
One example of how Deutsche Post DHL Group is pursing it’s “burn clean” principle is currently running a European trial of using ‘Cubicycles’ in place of some delivery vans. Cubicycles are package delivery bikes which carry cargo pods that are delivered to the bikes on a trailer, a full trailer can replace two delivery vans. The trial is currently being run in two European cities with a plan to expand to another 35 over the next 3-5years.
Deutsche Post DHL Group is showing real leadership as a global company with a complex logistical structure in their efforts to make a meaningful difference to reducing their impacts on climate change.
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- Take a look at your own workplace and look for simple actions that could make a big difference to the organisation’s environmental commitment. Involving your workplace in an environmental campaign such as National Tree Day or improving recycling rates are just a few of the ways organisations can take positive environmental actions.
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