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Zero emissions by 2050: DHL announces ambitious new environmental protection target

Company commits to zero emissions logistics by 2050 in order to aid climate protection.

In March, Deutsche Post DHL Group announced that it will reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by the year 2050. In pursuit of this ambitious new target, the Group hopes to contribute meaningfully to achieving the goal of limiting global warming to well below two degrees Celsius established at the 2015 Paris climate conference (COP 21), as well as to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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The Group also wants to become the market leader in green logistics and plans to expand its portfolio of green products and services to help customers achieve their own climate protection targets.

This climate protection goal applies both to the Group's own activities and to those of its transport subcontractors. The mission of zero emissions logistics is supported by four interim milestones to be achieved by the year 2025 as part of the Group’s environmental protection program, GoGreen:

  • Globally, it will increase the carbon efficiency of its own activities and those of its transport subcontractors by 50% compared to the 2007 baseline.
  • At the local level, the Group aims to improve the lives of people right where they live and work using clean transport solutions. Deutsche Post DHL Group will operate 70% of its own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions e.g. by bike and electric vehicle.
  • More than 50% of sales will incorporate Green Solutions, making customers’ supply chains greener.
  • The Group will train and certify 80% of its employees as GoGreen specialists by 2025, and actively involve them in its environmental and climate protection activities. The company also plans to join with partners to plant one million trees every year.

Published: March 2017

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