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In keeping with the company's global commitment to reducing carbon emissions, DHL Express, the world's leading international express provider, has put its first fully electric vehicle on Australian roads following a successful trial. The electric vehicle is a Renault Kangoo ZE Van and will be used as the company mail car in Sydney, driving between DHL Express offices.
The Renault Kangoo ZE Van is part of the company's already operational fleet of hybrid delivery vans. The electric vehicle, dependent upon the driving style and conditions, can be on the road for an average of four hours, an equivalent travelling distance of 100 kilometres on a single charge. The vehicle runs on a Lithium-ion battery and takes six to nine hours to complete a full charge.
Gary Edstein, CEO/ Senior Vice President at DHL Express Oceania said the launch of this vehicle is another significant step towards instituting more environmentally friendly solutions across the company.
"As a global company, we acknowledge the environmental impact of our day-to-day operations and our responsibility to reduce this wherever possible," Edstein said, "Globally, we have seen a 30% improvement in our carbon efficiency since 2008 - and we are aiming to further improve this through new green initiatives like this electric vehicle."
Overseas, DHL Express has successfully introduced electric vehicles, including electric vans and scooters, on routes in Germany, Japan and Taiwan. DHL's parent company, Deutsche Post DHL Group will also proceed with increased production of its own StreetScooter electric vehicle in 2017. The company announced on March 8 the ambitious target of reducing all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050. On the road to achieving this, it has also outlined a number of interim goals, including increasing its carbon efficiency by 50 percent and operating 70% of its own first- and last-mile delivery with clean transport solutions by 2025.
"We looked to our DHL Express colleagues around the world to see the solutions they had developed and were inspired by the success of electric vehicles in these countries," Edstein said.
"In 2016, we trialled an electric courier van delivering to Sydney's CBD, and found that a wider rollout of electric vehicles within DHL Express Australia's courier fleet would require more conveniently located electric charging stations in cities across the country, and vans that can travel longer distances without needing to recharge," Edstein explained.
"Compared to small, densely populated European and Asian cities where electric vehicles are currently operating, Australian cities have unique geographical challenges in terms of distance."
To further extend its green initiatives, DHL Express Australia has instituted various sustainable solutions across all 15 of its sites in the past nine years since 2008 - from the reduction of paper usage in offices to emissions reporting and off-setting schemes and green alternative products for customers.
Since 2008, DHL Express Australia has been ISO 14001 certified with the standard for environment management solutions.
In a voluntary emission off-setting scheme, customers can contribute to funding climate protection projects around the world. In 2016, DHL Express Australia customers alone helped to remove 2,181 tonnes of greenhouse gases from the environment through this GOGREEN scheme.
Within the company, other initiatives such as printing free Fridays have helped to reduce paper usage by 37% and LED lighting has been installed to increase energy efficiency. Overall, DHL Express Australia saw a 3% reduction in carbon emissions in 2016.
For more information about DHL's GOGREEN program, please visit: www.dhl.com.au/en/about_us/green_solutions