Sending Packages Using Green Logistics
Author: Claire Bell
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.
- If you're sending items though the Australia Post parcel system check to see if you can recycle the satchel. Australia Post has joined Planet Ark's Australian Recycling Label family.
- 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.
Positive Environment News has been compiled using publicly available information. Planet Ark does not take responsibility for the accuracy of the original information and encourages readers to check the references before using this information for their own purposes.
- Australian scientists working to close the loop on steel waste »
- Mushroom waste research could help create circular industry »
- Everyday Enviro with Elise - Switching on to offsetting »
- Microsoft aims to remove all historical carbon emissions »
- The Mexican go-getters with a new spin on vegan leather »
- The Singapore hotel with its own innovative rooftop farm »
- The outdoor clothing company making new clothes from old »
- The award-winning alternative to single-use plastic films »
- Everyday Enviro with Elise - Making meat-free must-have at Bodhi »
- Brisbane’s flourishing urban farms providing food for thought »
- A simple local solution for straws »
- The reusable Aussie tub that’s winning award after award »
- One man’s recipe to fight climate change: dung beetles and climate change »
- How about some takeaway without the throwaway? »
- A way to build trust in the Australian waste industry »
- Major hotel group taking aim at plastic waste as industry takes responsibility »
- The Illawarra organisation providing green opportunities for former refugees and youth »
- Everyday Enviro with Elise - The Bread and Butter Project »
- The recycling workshop up-skilling new workers »
- Workers at tech giant demand climate action »
- Iconic brand to make all products from recycled cotton »
- The intelligent bin cutting down on food waste »
- Retail giant to sell clothes made from food scraps »
- Fashion resale continues to rise and rise »
- Australian brewery tackling plastic packaging at source »
- Cornflake rejects being converted into a tasty brew »
- Everyday Enviro with Elise - A tool library and the share mentality »
- Allpress Espresso launches new reusable cup »
- The roving sisters reducing cleaning waste »
- Australian councils investing in Seabins to clean our waters »
- Australia's biggest coal mining company to freeze production »
- Qantas to slash waste to landfill in environmental push »
- World's biggest brands trialling reusable and refillable packaging »
- Global energy giant to produce household battery systems in Australia »
- New renewable energy now as cheap as existing coal stations »
- Spain bids farewell to coal »
- Ikea bans single-use plastics from all stores and restaurants »
- Brisbane Tool Library takes share economy to the next level »
- The new zero-emissions fuel made from mankind's most common byproduct »
- Innovative solutions for bovine and ovine gas »
- Naturale pledges to end recycling labelling confusion »
- A world first interactive museum for sustainable fashion »
- A new standard in sustainable event management »
- The light at the end of the tunnel is made with LEDs »
- A Walk Sew Good it's still being talked about »
- Everyday Enviro with Elise - Choosing progress over perfection with Lush »
- The great story behind Lousy Ink »
- Everyday Enviro with Elise - Parliament on King »
- Nestlé to go fully reusable and recyclable by 2025 »
- Woolworths, Coles remove plastic bags from stores ahead of schedule »
- Planet Ark and Bingo aim for the top with a bold new vision »
- Guilt free tea-bags, frozen food and paper drinking straws »
- Paper or plastic? »
- Woolcool turns waste wool into insulation wonder »
- Taking sustainable fashion to new heights »
- HP's plastic recycling program is turning Haitian pollution into printer cartridges »
- Top Australian sustainability award winners announced »
- Revolutionary eco-friendly furniture the way of the future »
- Aussie innovators compete for the climate on the world stage »
- The Australian second-hand economy is booming »
- Fighting waste with Fortunate Food »
- Southern states are bankrolling businesses in the War on Waste »
- How far would you go for fair trade fashion? »
- What do Smiths, Kathmandu and Jurlique have in common? »
- Facing down fast fashion with up-cycled clothes »
- Picky plants: Growing green in difficult environments »
- ABC's War on Waste creates unprecedented demand for sustainable coffee cups »
- Australia's First Rescued Food Supermarket is a Win-win for the Planet and Those in Need. »
- New London Levy to Halve 'Lethal' Pollution »
- Tetra Pak Sets Industry Benchmark with Science Based Target Approval »
- Launch of Positive Environment News »