DHL commits to zero emissions 2050 target

Deutsche Post DHL Group has set itself a target of net zero logistics-related emissions by 2050, both through the company’s own activities and those of its transport subcontractors. DHL also announced that it 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 company’s zero emissions logistics mission is supported by four interim milestones to be achieved by the year 2025 as part of the Group’s environmental protection program GoGreen.
First, Deutsche Post DHL Group will increase the carbon efficiency of its own activities and those of its transport subcontractors by 50 per cent globally, compared to the 2007 baseline.
Second, the Group will operate 70 per cent of its own first- and last-mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions using, for example, bicycles and electric vehicles.
Third, the company is aiming to have 50 per cent of sales incorporate ‘green solutions’, helping to make customers’ supply chains greener.
Four, the Group will train and certify 80 per cent of its employees as GoGreen specialists by 2025. It will also actively involve them in its environmental and climate protection activities.
DHL’s previous climate target – to improve carbon efficiency by 30 per cent over the 2007 baseline – was achieved in 2016, four years ahead of schedule, thanks to a diverse range of measures to optimise the Group’s vehicle fleet, buildings and logistics networks.

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