DHL believes protecting the environment is an integral part of their business and they are part of the Carbon Disclosure Project; the CDP is an international non-profit organisation that helps companies and cities disclose their environmental impact.
By 2019, they put four new aircraft into service to replace older planes; they generate roughly 18% less carbon emissions and contribute to improved fuel and emissions efficiency. Their road vehicle fleet now comprises more than 13,000 vehicles with alternative drive systems.
By 2025, they want to increase their carbon efficiency by 50% compared to 2007 levels and reduce local air pollution emissions by operating 70% of their own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions, such as bicycles and electric vehicles. Their target is approx. 27,000 bicycles.
Although some 14% of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the transportation sector, DHL has assured that their share amounts to just 0.4%.
“The carbon footprint of one of our normal parcels corresponds to a three-kilometer journey by car” - Dr. Frank Appel, CEO
By 2050, they want to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero and share the joint vision of the Paris Agreement.