08 Mar 17

DHL commits to zero-emissions logistics by 2050

DHL, the Official Logistics Partner of the electric street racing series and founding partner of the FIA Formula E Championship, has announced that it aims to reduce all logistics-related emissions to net zero by the year 2050.

In the continued fight against climate change, DHL have set themselves the target to help contribute to the agreement made at COP21 in Paris - to reduce the limit of global warming to below two degrees.

Ken Allen, DHL Express CEO, said: “Achieving Deutsche Post DHL Group's ambitious goal of zero-emissions logistics by 2050 will depend on massive advances in technology. Formula E - which is already successfully driving innovation in electric vehicle and battery technology - has an important role to play in that mission."

The world’s largest mail and logistics company plays a crucial role in the safe and sustainable transport of all Formula E equipment to races by helping shape the Formula E calendar in conjunction with the FIA.

This means that freight travels from region to region by the most sustainable method, to reduce the use of air transport where possible and optimise other transportation methods such as boat, road or rail.

DHL’s climate protection goal of zero-emissions logistics by 2050 applies both to the company’s own activities and to those of its transport subcontractors. The mission of zero-emissions logistics is supported by four interim milestones to be achieved by the year 2025 as part of the Group’s environmental protection programme GoGreen:

  • To increase the carbon efficiency of its own activities and those of its transport subcontractors by 50 per cent compared to the 2007 baseline
  • To improve the lives of people right where they live and work using clean transport solutions. DHL will operate 70 per cent of its own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions e.g. by bike and electric vehicle
  • More than 50 per cent of sales will incorporate green solutions, making customer supply chains greener
  • The Group will train and certify 80 per cent of its employees as GoGreen specialists by 2025, and actively involve them in its environmental and climate protection activities. The company also plans to join with partners to plant one million trees every year.