Sustainable aviation is a critical part of achieving DHL Group's mission 2050. Approximately 90% of DHL Express’ carbon footprint is emitted by our air network, so improving aviation sustainability is crucial and an area we're heavily invested in. Our initiatives include Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) blending, investing in the most fuel-efficient aircraft, optimising fuel, and driving innovation such as the development of electric planes.
DHL Express UK has a goal to run a 100% electric courier vehicle fleet by 2030. Electric courier vans are an important step towards making city streets greener and reducing the impact of commercial vehicles on the environment. Electric courier vans are in use at all major locations with the roll out continuing across the UK. This is alongside the installation of scalable integrated charging infrastructure at our Service Centres.
By 2025 DHL Group is striving to achieve 70% zero-emission first and last mile services through clean pick-up and delivery solutions globally. Since 2017, we have launched 27,000 bicycles, cargo bikes and cubicycles worldwide to reduce and avoid the emissions of greenhouse gasses and local air pollutants.
All new DHL Express Service Centres are built to the highest required BREEAM and EPC environmental standards. This includes using green electricity, LED daylight-controlled lighting, and emission-free air conditioning.
We have introduced 100 pieces of new electric ground service equipment at our East Midlands Airport site, as we aim to make our ground-handling operation fully electric by 2032. The new equipment includes 28 electric tugs, 5 state-of-the-art electric ‘nose lifter’ vehicles which lift aircrafts to push them back from their parking stands, five high-loaders and 6 electric belt-loaders to loose load shipments.