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Case Studies

Case Studies

Network Optimization

Network Optimization

Six years ago, DHL Supply Chain and the Japanese technology group launched a partnership to support Fujitsu in reducing its environmental impacts and improve the carbon efficiency of its logistics operations. The aim is far-reaching: Optimized transport routes and the improved use of loading capacities are two focal points; the recycling of packaging and the introduction of more efficient tires by transport partners are another.

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All together, Fujitsu’s CO2 emissions have been cut by nearly 50 percent. The concept has been honored with the Green Logistics Award presented by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
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Customer Comment:

"As an IT corporation aiming to offer people worldwide a prosperous future with innovative technologies and services, Fujitsu recognizes that environmental protection is an important management issue. To contribute to the sustainable development of society and to achieve the top level industry target of reducing transport emissions, we aim to build an advanced green logistics model utilizing our various IT capabilities together with DHL, the leading logistics company."
Akira Motomiya, President, Corporate Logistics Unit, Fujitsu in 2009

Project Overview
CountryJapan
CustomerFujitsu
CO2 Savings1,000 tonnes annually between 2008 and 2010
SolutionsNetwork optimization, recycling of packaging, improved vehicles
DHL DivisionSupply Chain

Inland Waterways

Inland Waterways

In 2009, a pharmaceutical group cut the CO2 emissions associated with the pre-carriage of ocean freight by 30 percent in Germany.

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To achieve the reduction, DHL Global Forwarding shifted the transport of temperature-sensitive products bound for ocean freight export from road vehicles to inland-waterway vessels: The containers are now loaded onto a ship to transport them to ocean ports located in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. As a result, 11 fewer kilograms of CO2 are generated per ton of transported freight.

Project Overview
CountryGermany
CO2 Savings11 kilograms per tonne of transported freight
SolutionUse of inland waterways
DHL DivisionGlobal Forwarding, Freight

Rail Transport

Rail Transport

In 2009, DHL devised an environmentally friendly concept for a producer of household appliances.

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Thanks to this concept, more than 13,000 containers arriving annually at the sea ports in Germany can be carried by train instead of road vehicles to their final destination. This eliminates nearly 120 road transports each week. CO2 emissions have been reduced by 60 percent, but transit times remain unchanged.

Project Overview
CountryGermany
CO2 Savings36 grams per tonne-kilometer
SolutionUse of rail transport
DHL DivisionGlobal Forwarding, Freight

Climate Neutral Shipments

Climate neutral shipments

Standard Chartered Bank is the first financial institution to use DHL’s GOGREEN service around the world.

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Under an agreement signed in 2011, 95 percent of the bank‘s international courier services are to become climate neutral in a step-by-step process. The greenhouse gas emissions created by transports and shipment handling will be offset by investments in certified climate protection projects.
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Project Overview
CountryUK
CostumerStandard Chartered Bank
CO2 Savings2,000 tonnes annually
SolutionInvestments in climate-protection projects
DHL DivisionExpress

Teardrop Trailers

Teardrop Trailers

Marks & Spencer, one of the UK’s leading retailers, aims to become the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015. The company partnered with DHL to improve transport management and fuel efficiency.

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As a result nearly 400 aerodynamic Teardrop trailers have been added to the fleet. A Control Tower approach helps to reduce the number of miles driven to a minimum. Also, a special container frame developed by DHL enables M&S to transport hanging garments by rail, resulting in additional carbon savings.

Customer Comment

"Rail distribution saves time, costs less and crucially, as we move towards our ambitious Plan A commitments, cuts carbon emissions from our transport operations. We've already increased our fuel efficiency by 30% by introducing teardrop trailers and more fuel efficient engines and a move to rail gives us even more options and flexibility for reducing our carbon emissions even further."

Richard Kirk, Head of GM Logistics Marks and Spencer

Project Overview
CountryUK
CostumerMarks & Spencer
CO2 Savings3,461 tonnes in 2009/10 versus 2007/8
SolutionTeardrop trailer, shift from road to rail
DHL DivisionSupply Chain

Optimized Ocean Freight

Optimized Ocean FreightRail Transport

In Australia, a big technology company joined forces with DHL to cut its CO2 emissions by more than 40 percent. As part of this effort, the container trans-shipping center was relocated from western Australia to the eastern part of the country in 2008.

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The change eliminated the need for many ground transports. In addition, the utilization rate of commercial vehicles was significantly increased. These improvements not only help the environment, but also save money.

Project Overview
CountryAustralia
CO2 Savings2,600 tonnes annually
SolutionsOptimized ocean freight routes, improved utilization rate
DHL DivisionGlobal Forwarding, Freight