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Milestones in Climate Protection

2001: Deutsche Post DHL sets up a corporate environmental team in recognition of the growing importance of environmental issues.
2002: DHL Sweden launches “Grøna Ton” (Green Tonnage), our first ‘green’ value-added transport service to promote renewable fuels.
2005: DHL Parcel Germany pilots its “Grüne Paket” (“Green Parcel”), a carbon neutral parcel shipping service.
2006: Carbon neutral shipping services become available to DHL Express customers in several European countries.
2007: Carbon neutral shipping service is launched for retail and business mail customers in Germany.
2008: With its GOGREEN program, DPDHL is the first logistics provider to commit to the 2020 target of curbing CO2 output by 30%.
2008: DHL Supply Chain has the UK’s first carbon neutral warehouse installing a ground source heat pump and new electric lighting.
2009: Deutsche Post DHL ships over 700 million GOGREEN products, offsetting 38,600 tonnes of CO2 in climate protection projects.
2010: The number of annual GOGREEN shipments climbs to 1.7 billion.
2010: The GOGREEN service is also made available to DHL Global Forwarding customers around the world.
2010: DHL Freight begins to offer CO2 reports in certain regions. Customers can offset their emissions based on these reports.
2011: DHL Global Forwarding, Freight introduces Carbon Dashboard, a online reporting tool to show customers their CO2 emissions.
2011: DHL Parcel Germany now ships all parcels from private customers carbon neutral at no extra charge.
2011: To obtain emission-offsetting certificates, Deutsche Post DHL launches its own climate protection project in Lesotho.
2012: Carbon neutral shipping services are now available to DHL Express customers in approximately 60 countries around the world.
2012: DHL Express launches externally verified reporting services: Customers can now track the CO2 output of their shipments.
With our green solutions we help our customers to reduce their environmental footprint. This is not only good for the environment, it is also a recognized competitive factor: In the face of climate change and the harmful effects of global warming, consumers increasingly consider environmental issues in their purchasing decisions. This is why many of our business customers have introduced climate protection goals. The same applies to investors who consult sustainability rankings when looking for viable investment options.
With our global presence and our expertise, our business sectors can support customers in achieving their environmental goals. Our portfolio ranges from individual climate neutral shipments for private customers to the optimization of multinational corporations’ entire supply chains. Environmental protection is an integral part of our Group strategy: Back in 2008, we introduced a measurable climate protection target – and were the first logistics provider to do so. By 2020 we want to improve the carbon efficiency of our own transport services and those of our subcontractors by 30 percent compared with the base year 2007. We have taken this approach because we view environmentally friendly and efficient logistics as an opportunity to create value – for our environment, for us as a company and for our customers.

GOGREEN Products and Services

Optimized transport routes, vehicles with alternative drive systems and energy-efficient warehouses: There are many ways to reduce climate-damaging CO2 emissions and other environmental impacts in the transportation and storage of goods.

Working with our customers, we want to leverage this potential. At DHL, we call this GOGREEN. We believe that environmental protection and business success are not just compatible, they are closely interlinked.

With our expertise and global presence, we can offer our business customers a broad portfolio of green products and services. By providing detailed Carbon ReportsExternal Link / New Window*, we show them where they stand in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. Though CO2 emissions have the biggest impact on climate change within logistcs we also report other greenhouse gases (GHG) like methane or nitrous oxide. And in accordance to the internationally recognized, cross-sector standard 'Greenhouse Gas Product Lifecycle Accounting and Reporting' we also take upstream emissions into account that originate in the production and transport of fuel and energy.
In our Green OptimizationExternal Link / New Window* service, we work with customers to identify areas for improvement, and ways to achieve a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. We analyze our customers’ entire logistics chain, and work with them to optimize trade routes and transportation modes. Additionally, we suggest ways to improve their overall environmental performance.
And to compensate for unavoidable emissions, we offer Climate NeutralExternal Link* services. Participating in the voluntary emissions trading scheme, we purchase carbon credits from selected projects, reducing emissions and benefitting local communities. Since January 2014 we do not only offset CO2 but other greenhouse gases like methane or nitrous oxide as well, taking GOGREEN from carbon neutral to climate neutral. Based on the new GHG Protocol for Products we also include upstream emissions from the production and transport of fuels and energy.

* Please note that these links refer to our global site, available in English only