DHL, the world's leading logistics company, was honored with the Product Excellence award at the 4th Annual Global CSR Awards 2012, Asia's most prestigious recognition awards programme for corporate social responsibility. The award recognises the company for its efforts in minimising the environmental impact of shipping goods around the world with its GoGreen service.
Starting in 2006, DHL was the first logistics company to introduce a carbon neutral shipping service – the GoGreen Carbon Neutral service. Today, the service covers letters, parcels and express deliveries, and recently, freight shipments. It calculates CO2 emissions produced during the shipping process, which DHL then offsets through investments in external climate protection projects in India, China, Brazil, Nicaragua and Turkey.
Jerry Hsu, Chief Executive Officer of DHL Express Asia Pacific, says, “Energy efficiency and climate change are the greatest ecological challenges faced by the transportation industry. As the world's leading express and logistics company, we recognise our responsibility and have been committed to addressing these environmental challenges with innovative eco-friendly shipping options.
“In 2006, DHL Express was the first division to offer 100 percent carbon neutral shipping service with the GoGreen Carbon Neutral service. Today, we partner with some of the world's leading organisations in rolling out region-wide carbon offsetting and emission reduction programs. These programs have supported our customers in their corporate sustainability goals, heightened their environmental credibility and made a positive impact on climate change.”
In 2010, DHL sent 1.7 billion GoGreen shipments across all business units and in the process offset around 82,000 tonnes of CO2 for its customers. In the same year, the Express division in Asia Pacific achieved double-digit improvements with CO2 efficiency up 14.1 per cent compared to 2009.
“We are pleased and honored to be recognized for our efforts in supporting our customers' sustainability agenda. The combination of DHL Global Forwarding's long-standing carbon accounting expertise and strong track record in neutralizing the emissions of its customers, make our unique GoGreen product offering second-to-none in terms of quality and reliability,” adds Kelvin Leung, Chief Executive Officer of DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.
Deutsche Post DHL is the first logistics company to set a specific, quantifiable carbon efficiency target. The group has set itself the target to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 per cent by 2020. The group already reached its interim target of a 10 per cent reduction by 2012 ahead of schedule. Moving into the future, DHL also plans to adopt a range of initiatives to achieve the group's efficiency target. For example, it will replace 90 per cent of its air fleet with more fuel-efficient aircrafts by 2020. It plans to cut CO2 emissions of its ground fleet through the use of cleaner technologies. It will also improve energy efficiency in its real estate assets, such as hubs, warehouses and offices.