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Climate Neutral

Despite the many successes of our Green Optimization efforts, there are some greenhouse gas emissions that cannot be avoided by using available technology. Our Climate Neutral services allow customers to offset these emissions. Participating in the voluntary emissions trading scheme, we purchase carbon credits from specialist providers who use the revenue accrued to finance climate protection projects.

Since we introduced the industries first carbon neutral delivery option for parcels back in 2005 we continuously extended the portfolio of green products. Today the climate friendly delivery of mail, parcels and Express shipments is available in more then 60 countries. For ocean, air and road freight as well as contract logistics and our document service EXPRESS ENVELOPE, the offsetting service is available worldwide.

We even increased our service quality recently: Since January 2014 we offer GOGREEN as a climate neutral service. We do not only offset carbon but other greenhouse gases like methane or nitrous oxid as well. Based on the new product standard “Greenhouse Gas Product Lifecycle Accounting and Reporting” from the well-known Greenhouse Gas Protocol we also include upstream emissions from the production of fuels and energy. Thus we increase the environmental benefit of all our climate neutral GOGREEN services.

Investments in climate protection

On behalf of our customers, we invest in climate protection projects complying with the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) criteria set down in the Kyoto Protocol. Independent third parties monitor the emission reductions of those projects. Most projects we support also meet Gold Standard requirements. Projects are eligible for Gold Standard rating if they have a positive impact on the environment and also promote economic and social development in the project country. In accordance with this standard, we also initiated our own climate protection project in Lesotho, southern Africa.

We provide full transparency on all climate protection projects supported as part of the climate neutral GOGREEN service: Link / New Window

Benefiting from a reliable service

Business customers who use our climate neutral shipping service receive a certificate from us once a year. Our customers can use this certificate and the DHL GOGREEN logo for their own PR and communications purposes. The GOGREEN climate neutral emission calculations and the offsetting of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) are verified by the Swiss-based auditor Société Générale de Surveillance SA (SGS). This happens in accordance with the global, cross-industry “GHG Protocol for Products” standard.