When it comes to logistics, green is our watchword. With our incredibly ambitious and necessary goal of reaching zero emissions by 2050, we’re doing all we can to make sure our deliveries leave the lightest possible environmental footprint.
By Charles Brewer, CEO DHL eCommerce.
Going green has long passed being just a buzzword. At DPDHL we take it really seriously and are honing our efforts on creating zero emissions logistics. As our CEO Frank Appel recently said: “putting climate protection at the top of the agenda is the only way to maintain the health of our planet.” And from my perspective, we owe it to our children and their children.
Our journey to zero emissions logistics – our Mission 2050 – includes four important milestones by the year 2025 and is part of our environmental protection program GoGreen:
Increase the carbon efficiency of our activities globally and those of our transport subcontractors by 50% compared to the 2007 baseline.
- Operate 70% of our own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions such as bicycles and electric vehicle.
- Ensure over 50% of sales incorporate ‘Green Solutions’, making customers’ supply chains greener.
- Train and certify 80% of our employees as GoGreen specialists and plant one million trees every year with our partners.
It’s a truly ambitious target and we are already making great headway, and at DHL eCommerce we are doing everything we can to improve the carbon footprint across our first and last mile delivery solutions.
With our GoGreen solutions, we’ve found that the road to greener logistics begins with Carbon Reports, which paint a clear picture of the carbon footprint using powerful tools that map out the emissions from individual shipments to entire supply chains. The emissions’ “hotspots” they reveal show where optimization has the potential to pay off the most.
“We are doing everything we can to improve the carbon footprint across our first and last mile delivery solutions.”
Sustainability is not just a key principal for our business, it’s also becoming an increasingly important purchasing decision for our customers.
A study conducted earlier this year of 20,000 consumers in five countries found 33% choose brands they believe are doing social or environmental good, while 21% say they would actively choose brands that made their sustainability credentials clearer on their packaging and marketing. So doing good, to do well really is true when it comes to being a great corporate citizen and delivering great results.
A study by Nielsen and Deloitte found that Millennials, the age group representing a large proportion of the e-commerce consumers we serve, are the most willing to pay more for products and services seen as sustainable or coming from socially and environmentally responsible companies.
The area where we can make the biggest difference is first and last mile delivery. Whether it be looking for aggregated last mile delivery points, like our Parcel Locker or environmentally friendly delivery methods, such as electric vehicles, will help us continue to deliver the smile in the last mile for our customers, but in a much more sustainable way.
“The area where we can make the biggest difference is first and last mile delivery.”
Thanks to our StreetScooter, which was developed and manufactured inhouse, and some 10,500 e-bikes and e-trikes, we already operate the largest electric fleet in Germany. In the long term, the Group plans to replace its entire mail and parcel delivery fleet with electric vehicles charged with electricity generated from renewable energy sources.
The Group also makes use of electric vehicles in a number of other European cities and recently announced a third pilot of the City Hub concept in the Netherlands. The concept links the DHL Cubicycle – a cargo bike with a specialized container that can carry a load of up to 125kg – with a customized trailer carrying up to four containers.
Now we are looking to do the same across the DHL eCommerce fleet and presently utlise electric delivery vehicles in Chile, Malaysia, Vietnam with a plan to keep developing, testing and adding to the green fleet across the globe.
We’re confident that we can deliver; deliver on our zero emissions target, deliver green delivery solutions and continue to deliver the smile in the last mile.
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