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Creating Transparency

Identifying and monitoring your carbon footprint provides valuable information on the environmental impact of your transport and logistics operations – an indispensable basis for setting sustainable targets.

DHL Carbon Calculator

Transport Related Emissions Calculator
  • Plan shipping scenarios and calculate carbon footprint with ease and interactivity
  • Free of charge online tool
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DHL Carbon Report

Transport & Logistics Environmental Footprint Report
  • Emissions measurement using internationally recognized standards
  • Third party verification
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Gain a deeper understanding of the environmental footprint of your transport and logistics-related activities. Your emissions are measured using internationally-recognized standards for emissions calculations. Our Carbon Report calculation methods undergo a third-party verification process.

  • Track your greenhouse gas emissions
  • Assess your carbon footprint
  • Generate detailed reports
  • Identify efficiency potential
  • Monitor and optimize your entire supply chain

DHL Carbon Dashboard

Graphical Modeling of Your Entire Supply Chain
  • End-to-end supply chain visibility from all service providers in one application
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Web-based graphical modeling of your supply chain to identify carbon and cost optimization opportunities.

  • Best-in-class reporting and analysis tool for transport emissions with latest calculation standards (GHG Protocol for Products, EN 16258)
  • Integration of various reports into a web-based graphical modeling of your supply chain
  • End-to-end visibility/at-a-glance overview due to inclusion of information from all service providers into one single application
  • Simulation to explore the various levers to reduce carbon emissions, such as: routing, transport modes and shipment density


DHL Quick Scan

Carbon Efficiency at a Glance

Your air, ocean and road carbon efficiency versus sector benchmarks.

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At-a-glance view of your air, ocean and road carbon efficiency compared to sector benchmarks, to identify carbon and cost efficiency improvement opportunities.

  • Overview of pre-defined carbon and transport efficiency KPIs for top trade lanes, per transport mode
  • Easily applied across the entire supply chain
  • Efficient way to identify carbon “hot spots” and base line carbon efficiency along the entire transportation process
  • Identification of potential green optimization levers

Contact Our Green Logistics Experts

Get in touch today and discover how DHL can help reduce the environmental impact of your supply chain

Case Studies & Best Practices

  • A technology sector customer in China wanted to make its carbon footprint more transparent in order to begin working to reduce emissions. The challenge was integrating third-party data into the process. We developed a carbon monitoring solution using our Carbon Dashboard that tracks data from DHL as well as five other logistics service providers. The resulting transparency allowed the customer to benchmark and set targets as well as identify carbon contributors and develop reduction strategies.

  • DHL offered global Climate Neutral shipment services to a customer in the financial services sector – a business where vital overnight express shipments result in significant emissions. The goal was to make 95% of the bank’s international courier services climate neutral, and the result was significant annual carbon savings, not to mention an enhanced brand image. What’s more, the carbon credits purchased to offset emissions had no impact on the bank’s operations, while the climate protection projects funded with those credits have had a huge impact on local populations.

  • In the United States, a customer working across multiple sectors wanted to build a 250,000-square-foot sustainable distribution center with environmentally responsible design elements and efficient operating systems. The challenge was to design a facility with energy efficient lighting, sky lights, low-flow plumbing, a white roof system, storm water runoff containment, and a recycling program. Close coordination with local city authorities and the local development foundation added to the job’s complexity. In the end, the new distribution center ensures a healthier environment for residents, workers and the local community through minimized energy and water consumption, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and reduced costs. Furthermore, the center achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

  • A UK airline wanted to design an innovative in-flight catering and waste solution and asked DHL to help. We benchmarked waste rates and came up with a plan to minimize waste to landfill that included the installation of food dryers, a step that reduced the volume of food by 70%. Zero waste to landfill was achieved alongside a 70% reduction in food waste transport costs, significant added value from recovered waste, substantial recycling revenue, and eliminated landfill taxes.

  • A customer in the United States that ships approximately 170,000 parcels per annum containing over 1 million cases of product initiated a project with DHL to evaluate right-sized shipment packaging as a response to the question “Why is there so much empty space in each parcel?”. The solution implemented allows site’s complex cartonization system to select a right-sized box on demand for shipments of cases of product, increasing fill percentage and reducing overall number of shipments. The benefits to the customer and environment are tangible:

    • Cases packed per outbound parcel increased from 5.9 to 8.52 and “air/void” in box decreased to <10%
    • The density of outbound trailers increased 19%, reducing outbound trucks needed, parcel shipping cost savings of over $350,000 dollars per year
    • 13% increase on customer feedback scores with zero complaints
  • A customer in the retail sector was looking to reduce carbon emissions in its transport operations between suppliers and Distribution Centres in the UK. DHL worked together with the customer to develop a solution with lasting benefits. The teardrop trailer was chosen as the green solution to fulfill requirements in terms of reducing fuel usage and carbon emissions, as well as allowing the customer to carry more stock per trailer, cutting the number of journeys they need to make. The unique aerodynamic shape of these trailers generates fuel savings of approx. 10% and a 10% increase in cubic capacity. We deployed 399 aerodynamically optimized teardrop trailer trucks that reduce customer’s carbon footprint by more than 2,000 tonnes every year.

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Optimize Environmental Footprint

Solutions to minimize or avoid logistics related emissions.

Offset Emissions

Invest in internationally recognized climate protection projects.