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Optimizing Your Environmental Footprint

We offer a number of service options for minimizing and/or avoiding logistics-related emissions, waste and other environmental impacts along your entire supply chain. These solutions present potential for additional savings and have a positive impact on your brand.

Our Product & Solution Options – for a Greener Supply Chain

DHL Green Danmar

Carbon-Efficient Ocean Freight
  • Selection of green carriers: 5% more carbon efficient than industry average
  • Provided through Danmar Lines, DHL’s own NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier)
  • Neutralize your emissions at the best price without any additional efforts
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DHL Green Danmar uses carbon-efficient ocean freight, with a carrier who is over 5% more carbon-efficient than the industry average, to meet your environmentally conscious needs. Offered with our DHL Ocean Direct FCL product and proved through Danmar Lines, DHL's own NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier).

When combined with our additional offsetting solution, you can transform your consignment into a CO2 free shipment to further improve your carbon efficiency.

  • Your operational needs met by a selection of green carriers
  • Genuine proof of carbon reduction and efficiency improvements to substantiate your external sustainability communication
  • Benefit from DHL’s environmental carrier evaluation and carbon efficiency database

DHL Warehousing

Shared or Dedicated Warehousing & Goods Distribution

Green Option: Innovative warehousing technologies and alternative sources of energy

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From storage of raw materials to consumables, spare parts and finished goods, DHL provides solutions that ensure that you can deliver on your customer promise. And whether efficiency is best served by sharing warehouse operations or creating a dedicated operation, we will provide the solution that drives the best value for your business. Our expertise and services include:

  • Dedicated and shared operations
  • Raw materials management
  • Finished goods and supplies
  • Cross-docking
  • Ambient and temperature-controlled facilities
  • Inventory management
  • Order processing, management and e-fulfilment
  • Storage, pick, pack and dispatch 
  • Payment management
  • Customer service support
  • Delivery and returns management
  • Warehouse management system implementation to facilitate inventory visibility and order fulfilment tracking
  • Green warehousing

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DHL Logistics Consulting

Strategic Guidance on Optimizing Supply Chain Design & Performance

Green Option: Consulting on network optimization to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

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Take your business to the next level of success using DHL’s strategic logistics specialists to optimize your supply chain model and its performance. You will increase operational efficiencies, reduce costs, environmental impacts and improve profitability by leveraging our deep knowledge and expertise in the following areas:

  • Network flow and supply chain process analysis
  • Re-engineering and developing optimized supply chains
  • Supply chain health checks and benchmarking
  • Strategic network design
  • Supply chain strategy, set-up and governance
  • Lean transformation
  • Greener supply chains

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Our Greener Multimodal Services

Why not consider our greener multimodal services, which have less environmental impact than a traditional air freight shipment

DHL RailLineLearn more about euorpe to asia rail freight

Environmentally friendly, cost efficient & providing reliable and prompt connections within Europe, and connecting Asia Pacific and Europe – both west and eastbound.

DHL RailConnectless than Container Load rail freight

Flexible, environmentally friendly Less than Container Load (LCL) rail multi-modal services that provides reliable and pre-defined scheduled departures.

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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