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Reduce your carbon emissions with DHL Express green shipping solutions

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As business operations become increasingly reliant on international shipping, businesses must be aware of the environmental impact their shipments have. While important for reasons both moral and practical in terms of cost savings, it’s not enough to just reduce the amount you ship. Your solutions should also include eco-friendly alternatives that minimise carbon footprints without sacrificing quality or speed. If this sounds challenging, look no further than DHL Express, a reliable service logistics provider with decades of experience providing innovative strategies for eco-friendly overseas shipping solutions. In this blog, we will explore how businesses can use DHL Express’ innovative technology and services as part of a comprehensive strategy for reducing their carbon footprint.

The importance of reducing your carbon footprint

According to the International Energy Agency, the global average energy-related carbon footprint is around 4.7 tonnes of CO2 per capita – the equivalent of driving an average SUV for 18 months. As such, reducing your carbon footprint is becoming increasingly imperative in the fight against climate change. But what exactly is a carbon footprint? 

A carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG)  emissions, typically CO2, that are produced by our daily activities and lifestyles. Shipping is one major contributor to carbon emissions, with large cargo ships, planes and other forms of transportation emitting massive amounts of pollutants into the air. This is why eco-friendly shipping has become crucial in reducing our carbon footprint and cutting back on harmful emissions. By utilising more sustainable shipping methods, such as hybrid engines and low-carbon fuels, companies can significantly decrease their carbon emissions while also benefiting the environment in the long run. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve carbon neutrality, meaning that the amount of carbon emissions produced is equal to the amount removed from the atmosphere. This can greatly reduce the negative impacts of the greenhouse effect – a process that occurs when greenhouse gases collect in Earth’s atmosphere and trap the Sun’s heat – on our planet.

Eco-friendly shipping solutions for domestic and international deliveries

DHL Express is proud to be committed to sustainability, taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to a more eco-friendly future. As part of its efforts towards sustainability, the company has set ambitious carbon reduction goals. DHL Express aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 through innovative and eco-friendly shipping solutions such as the GoGreen programme.

GoGreen is a global environmental protection initiative that highlights our strong commitment to environmental responsibility and supporting our customers in achieving sustainable growth. Its primary goal is to minimise and prevent the emission of greenhouse gases and local air pollutants. The four areas that GoGreen covers include:

1. Sustainable aviation

In the pursuit of reducing carbon emissions, DHL Express is actively exploring sustainable aviation options. We are investing in research and development to adopt alternative fuels, such as sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). These fuels are derived from renewable sources and have a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to traditional aviation fuels. By incorporating sustainable aviation practices, DHL Express aims to minimise its environmental impact during air transportation.

2. Green last-mile delivery and line haul

DHL Express recognises the importance of the last-mile delivery and line haul stages in the international shipping process. To reduce carbon emissions during these critical stages, we are implementing various eco-friendly measures. This includes optimising delivery routes to minimise mileage, utilising electric vehicles (EVs) for urban deliveries, and employing hybrid vehicles for longer hauls. By adopting green practices, we aim to significantly reduce our carbon footprint in the last-mile and line haul operations.

3. Carbon neutral buildings

DHL Express is committed to ensuring that its facilities and buildings are carbon neutral through investments in energy-efficient technologies, renewable energy sources and more to reduce energy consumption. By implementing energy-efficient infrastructure and adopting renewable energy, DHL Express aims to operate our facilities in a sustainable manner and minimise the carbon emissions associated with our buildings.

4. Green product portfolio

DHL Express understands that offering environmentally-friendly shipping solutions is crucial for reducing the overall carbon footprint of the international logistics industry. As part of the GoGreen programme, DHL Express continually evaluates and improves its product portfolio to provide greener options to our customers. This includes offering carbon neutral shipping services through the GoGreen Plus programme, the latest addition to our sustainability solutions. This enables businesses to reduce emissions directly associated with their operations down the supply chain through carbon insetting.

The meaning of carbon insetting refers to when an organisation financially commits to sustainable practices to reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions directly related to its activities. This differs from carbon offsetting, which is when an organisation brings down emission counts by investing in carbon-reduction projects outside of a business, such as planting trees. By offering a green product portfolio, DHL Express empowers customers to make sustainable choices and minimise their environmental impact.

Partner with DHL Express for a more sustainable future today

By making the switch to more sustainable practices, DHL Express is supporting a cleaner, healthier planet and striving to become a carbon neutral company. Apart from our eco-friendly services, we also provide a Carbon Calculator that allows businesses to track their carbon footprint, enabling them to better understand the environmental impact of their supply chain. To find out more about how you can play your part in creating a better tomorrow, open a business account with us and take advantage of our GoGreen Solutions today.