Sustainability is important to us at DHL Freight and our goal is to meet our customers' needs while we constantly take measures to reduce our environmental impact, create a safe and inclusive work environment where ethical guidelines are developed as an important compass in our daily work.
DHL Freight in Sweden has signed the government's initiative "Fossil-free Sweden" (read more here) and thus supports the goal of making Sweden one of the world's first fossil-free welfare states. Transport accounts for about 30 % of carbon dioxide emissions in Sweden, so it is important that we have goals and measures to reduce these emissions.
Emissions from our domestic transports are reduced
Through a long-term and ambitious effort to reduce our emissions from our transports, we can show a documented and verifiable reduction of our climate-related emissions by around 50 % per tonne-kilometer since 2008. We are very proud of this and it is a job we have done together with our carriers and suppliers.
In 2021, we reduced our climate emissions by six percent compared to 2020, the reduction comes from a number of initiatives implemented during the year. Among other things, we can see that:
- We have achieved a CO2e efficiency per tonne-kilometer of 48% compared with 2008.
- The proportion of fossil-free fuels has increased and is now 45 %
- The electrification of our road transports has increased
- The proportion of HVO100 is increasing, as has the share of HVO100 (HVO100 is a renewable diesel, Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil)
The vehicle fleet has also continued to be renewed. Nowadays, our vehicles belong to 93 % Euroclass 5 and Euroclass 6, New engines primarily have a positive impact on air quality compared to older vehicles.
Sustainable Brand Index™ B2B Awards
DHL is Sweden's most sustainable logistics company, according to the Nordic largest brand survey, Sustainable Brand IndexTM B2B. DHL has, by our customers, been ranked as industry leader three years in a row; 2017, 2018 and 2019. We are extremely proud of the prestigious first place in the "Transport and Logistics" category.
In addition, DHL is ranked as one of Sweden's ten strongest brands in sustainability. At Sustainable Brand IndexTM B2B 2019, DHL is ranked ninth among the 75 largest B2B brands in the country.
At DHL we are actively working with sustainability issues throughout the organization and have a long-term vision of zero net emissions from our transport solutions. The key to successful sustainability is based on working with both customers and suppliers at local and global level. An example of this is our unique "Skicka Grönt" option that radically reduces fossil carbon emissions from transport in our Swedish network Skicka Grönt has already set about 200 vehicles with alternative climate-smart technology in the market.
Sustainable Brand IndexTM B2B is the Nordic region's largest brand survey focusing on sustainability. The study is based on telephone interviews that were last conducted in December 2019 with decision-makers in SMEs in Sweden. The decision makers had to judge the company's sustainability work on a scale of 1-5 where 5 corresponds very well. The official Sustainable Brand IndexTM rankings show how brands are perceived in terms of sustainability by their key stakeholders.
In 2020, due to the pandemic, they have chosen to pause the survey with the hope that there will be a new one in 2021.
Read more about Sustainable Brand IndexTM
Our system monitors our subcontractors’ environmental efforts and collates data for the roughly 2,000 vehicles that use our domestic network on a daily basis. Each subcontractor records the for example EURO class and fuel type for each of their vehicles. Data is used for emissions calculations and it enables customer specific emissions reports.
Much of the freight we transport goes through our network of 26 terminals located the length and breadth of Sweden where it is loaded together with other goods. You could say it’s like public transport, but for freight. First, shipments in the local area are picked up and taken to the terminal where they are reloaded onto a larger (and more efficient) vehicle or train together with other shipments that are headed in the same direction. The shipments are reloaded once more at the destination terminal before being distributed together with other shipments within a limited geographical area. We’re committed to making this transport chain as efficient as possible and having high fill rates. Every night we work on optimizing our routes to keep the number of journeys to a minimum.
Together with our customers and suppliers, we’re constantly working to find more efficient and more sustainable transport solutions. We’d like to put more shipments on trains and so we have the objective for at least 10% of our total production to go by rail. We’d also like to reduce our impact on the climate by using longer vehicles than we do now, which offer a larger cargo volume. In this way, we’ll be able to remove up to a third of trailers from routes suited to longer vehicles, which will not only reduce our impact on the climate, but also congestion.