DHL parent Deutsche Post World Net has set a target to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 per cent by the year 2020. To reach this it will replace 90 per cent of its air fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft. It will also expand its use of hybrid engine technologies and improve its route planning, to ensure the reduction of its road fleet.
In addition, the group also plans to improve the energy efficiency of its sorting centres and warehouses.
This environmental target, which it has called the GoGreen programme, will involve staff awareness campaigns to encourage employees to reduce their carbon footprint at work and at home through measures such as driver trainings or energy-saving classes. Since the climate protection goal for 2020 also applies to subcontractors, the group will work together with them to develop methods to both track their emissions and identify efficiency-boosting measures.
The group will measure its progress by setting up a carbon-accounting system. To reduce emissions, each division has identified a number of business-specific measures that will be implemented in the coming months and years. Also the new subsidiary DHL Neutral Services will offer consulting services to customers who want to reduce their carbon footprints.
DPWN’s customers can also offset the carbon emissions produced when shipping their parcels and goods. This climate-neutral GoGreen service, which has been available in Europe since 2006, will be expanded over the next few years. This year the GoGreen service will be extended to 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.