DHL Express, the world's leading cross-border express services provider, last year improved its carbon efficiency in Asia-Pacific despite a 10-per-cent growth in volume.
Carbon-dioxide efficiency improvement over 2013 registered 12 per cent across Asia-Pacific, with outstanding performance from Thailand, which registered a 13-per-cent gain.
To date, Deutsche Post DHL Group – the parent company of DHL – has achieved a 23-per-cent improvement in its carbon efficiency against its 2007 baseline.
This marks a continuous improvement in the area of carbon efficiency and yet another big step towards achieving the group’s goal of improving the carbon efficiency of its operations – and that of its transportation subcontractors – by 30 per cent by 2020, as compared to 2007.
With the company’s GOGREEN service, which was developed as part of its GoGreen programme focusing on environmental protection, DHL sent about 2.12 billion climate-neutral shipments last year, which led to the offset of 248,570 tonnes of CO2 through contributions to climate-protection projects.
Jerry Hsu, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific, said the GoGreen programme had been deeply integrated into the business’s overarching corporate strategy to achieve a 30-per-cent CO2-efficiency improvement by 2020, compared to 2007.
The company is pleased to have achieved continued carbon-efficiency improvements in Asia-Pacific for six consecutive years through the development and introduction of innovative solutions, he said.
The 12-per-cent improvement in 2014 was a result of GoGreen initiatives, such as deploying DHL Express’s “green” fleets in the region, installing more energy-efficient lighting systems in its facilities, and increasing the use of renewable energy where it is available, to further improve the carbon efficiency of ground operations, he added.
“As the global leader in logistics, we are well on our way in our efforts to reach this target. We remain committed to our GoGreen programme and will continue to make a significant difference to the planet and to our customers by upholding our responsibility to the environment,” said the chief executive.
In Asia-Pacific, modernising transport fleets to employ new vehicles with cleaner technology and better fuel efficiency continues to yield CO2 efficiency success, particularly in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand.
In Japan, DHL Express introduced a green fleet of electric commercial vehicles in Tokyo’s Marunouchi district for pick-up and delivery services as part of its GoGreen environmental programme, while China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand and India expanded and upgraded their fleets of trucks, vans and scooters, which operate on cleaner technology, alternative fuel and more energy-efficient units such as compressed natural gas (CNG)/liquefied petroleum gas, hybrid and electric-powered variants.
Last year marked an exemplary year, with DHL Express Taiwan testing the “zero-emission transport system”, a fleet of electric scooters that are charged via a solar-charging station, a one-of-a-kind innovation in the logistics industry – unlike electric scooters that are charged with conventional grid power, which emits CO2.
The station needs no connection to local utilities, drawing its entire power needs from its own array of solar panels.
Chananyarak Phetcharat, managing director of DHL Express in Thailand and Indochina, said the company was “constantly working together to minimise our environmental impact and will strive to remain the industry leader in Thailand in terms of sustainable logistics”.
The company is replacing all diesel vehicles with its new green fleet, using alternative fuels like CNG that help improve CO2 efficiency for pick-up and delivery by 21.9 per cent compared to last year, she said.
“The company also engages our employees in environmental protection, such as reducing paper consumption, light-saving and tree-planting activities,” she added.
DHL Express Asia Pacific started the assessment of its carbon footprint from energy consumption in real estate and ground transport to measure and improve carbon efficiency through abatement programmes.
This programme was first introduced by DHL Express in 2008 and now covers over 1,000 facilities in more than 30 markets across Asia-Pacific.