DHL Mission 2050: Zero Emissions

The world’s leading mail and logistics Group launches the GoGreen environmental protection program

September 05th, 2018
Olimpia Buhai, News from Berlin

Deutsche Post DHL Group is the leading mail and logistics company worldwide. Owing to the size and the global reach of the Group and to its relevance for the global trade, DHL acknowledges its special responsibility towards its employees, the society and the environment. In the field of environment protection, the GoGreen program is one expression of this sense of responsibility.

Given that sustainability has long since become a relevant issue of our time, DHL assumes its contribution to greater sustainability around the world via green logistics. The group’s new climate protection target is to reduce and/or avoid emissions of greenhouse gases and local air pollutants emissions to zero by the year 2050.

The shared value proposition is the idea that DHL’s contributions to society and the environment also strengthen the business and it influences the group’s activities, which are anchored in the Group’s strategy 2020: Focus.Connect.Grow. One aspect of the “Connect” pillar is to develop environmentally-friendly logistics solutions and using a unified approach in commercializing them.

In accordance with the shared value proposition, DHL’s diverse range of carbon efficiency measures and GoGreen services not only benefit society and the environment, but also create value for the group and its customers. For instance, saving on fuel or electricity translates into lower operating costs over the long term, another reason why investments in green technologies pays off.

Rethinking logistics to become emissions neutral in the following three decades is an immense challenge that can nonetheless be overcome with the help of new technologies, dedication and input of experts and employees and through collaboration with customers and partners.

In order to achieve the ambitious zero emission goal by 2050, the DHL group aims at achieving relatively smaller goal by 2002, such as: increasing its carbon efficiency by 50% compared to 2007 levels; reduce air pollution emission by operating 70% of the services with clean pick-up and delivery solution, such as bicycles and electric vehicles; incorporate more than 50% of the sales in Green Solutions, also making customer’s supply chains greener; get 80% of its employees involved in the group’s environmental and climate protection activities, including joining partners to plant one million trees each year in order to protect the forests.

The environmental targets which DHL sets for itself are broad in scope. Along with the climate protection measures, the group works on reducing air pollution from local exhaust gases and particulate matter, as well as traffic-related noise pollution. The group also seeks to minimize its consumption of water and paper.

In order to achieve these environmental protection goals, DHL employs new technologies along with a strategic approach that consists in certifying employees as GoGreen specialists and reducing energy consumption, by using green energy sources and fuels.


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