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Focus on Sustainability

Trust the DHL Global Forwarding experts to explain key concepts and sustainability terms

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the terms and concepts related to the move to sustainable freight forwarding, we’re here to help. From our white papers to our sustainability glossary, we breakdown key considerations when it comes to reducing the environmental impact of your shipping.

White Papers

Stay up to date with the latest insights on carbon reporting, reduction approaches and climate change abatement trends. Sign up for the DHL Sustainability Newsletter. 

Sustainability Glossary

Carbon Emission

Carbon dioxide (CO2e) emissions are the common type of gas emitted from the burning of fossil fuels. The higher the carbon content in the fossil fuel, or the more inefficient the burning process, generally, the greater amount of CO2e is produced.



CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) is an international, not-for-profit organization, providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. This online platform enables companies to disclose their carbon emissions information for public usage, such as financial market analysts.


EN 16258:2012

EN 16258:2012 is a methodology for calculation and declaration of energy consumption GHG Protocol Product Lifecycle Accounting and Reporting Standard. It is the most acceptable standard globally.


Emission Factors

An emission factor is a number that allows us to convert transportation activity into emissions. It is the average emission rate of a given source. Here are the source emission factors we use for


Tracking a company’s GHG emissions can be challenging because there are so many methodologies and reporting formats requested by different customers, countries and programs. To create a universal way of calculating logistics emissions, Smart Freight Centre (SFC) established the Global Logistics Emissions Council, or GLEC. GLEC is a group of companies, industry associations and programs backed by leading experts, governments and other stakeholders to make carbon accounting work for industry and to create a harmonized approach across all existing carbon calculation methodologies and standards currently in place.

Gold Standard

Gold Standard is a certification program designed to ensure that carbon credits are real and verifiable and that projects make measurable contributions to sustainable development.

Learn More about Gold Standard 


Voluntary Emission Reductions or Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) are a type of carbon offset exchanged in the voluntary or over-the-counter market for carbon credits.

GoGreen Solutions and Services

DHL Global Forwarding can help you decrease emissions and increase efficiency. From reporting to offsets, explore all of our solutions.