Commercial, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  March 20, 2017

DHL Group targets zero logistics-related emissions

Global mail and logistics company Deutsche Post DHL Group has set an aggressive sustainability target, aiming to reduce all of its logistics-related emissions to net zero by 2050. 

 

The company said it hopes the goal will allow it to "contribute meaningfully to achieving the goal of limiting global warming to well below two degrees Celsius," as established at the 2015 Paris climate conference in addition to the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Deutsche Post DHL Group said it aims to become "the market leader in green logistics," and is also planning 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," CEO Frank Appel said in a statement. 

In a news release, Deutsche Post DHL Group said its climate protection goal of zero emissions logistics 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, called "GoGreen." 

Those four milestones are: 

  • 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 pickup and delivery solutions, such as 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.

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