Success story

DEUTSCHE POST DHL GROUP

Deutsche Post DHL Group’s sustainability strategy builds on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and UN Global Compact Principles. The GoGreen program drives improving the environmental performance of DPDHL’s logistics services to multinational customers around the world.

Deutsche Post DHL Group’s sustainability strategy builds on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and UN Global Compact Principles. The GoGreen program drives improving the environmental performance of DPDHL’s logistics services to multinational customers around the world. The company’s GHG footprint is 28.44 million tonnes (2017), most of which is generated from air freight (64%), followed by road (21%), ocean (12%) and buildings (3%). Implementing a strategy to significantly reduce emissions is complex because DPDHL needs to engage with thousands of subcontractors to who are responsible for about 80% of the Group’s emissions.


"We aim for zero logistics-related emissions by 2050. Technologies will emerge, scale and pave the way. But we can only go this way together, by collaborating with our customers, suppliers and peers.” - Birgit Hensel, Vice President Shared Value, Deutsche Post DHL Group




Smart Freight GLEC

  • One of the founding members and first adopters of the GLEC Framework, actively supports its further development, and promotes it through green freight programs and other initiatives.
  • Set an ambitious target to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050. By 2025 DPDHL aims to increase carbon efficiency by 50% compared to 2007 based on the approach taken by the Science-Based Targets Initiative. Other 2025 interim targets are 70% clean pick-ups and deliveries to improve urban air quality, more than 50% sales to incorporate Green Solutions, 80% of employees trained to become Certified GoGreen Specialists and planting one million trees each year.

Smart Freight Solutions

  • Implements numerous solutions to optimize fleets, facilities and networks. For example, more than 9,000 StreetScooter electric delivery vehicles are deployed in its mail and parcel operations. DPDHL already delivers 28% of its own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions – whether by foot, StreetScooter, e-bike or cargo bike.
  • Motivates suppliers to focus on sustainability and climate through Supplier Awards – including innovators from the fields of green technologies and IT. The Group’s investment policy already today requires new assets to be more energy efficient than the assets they replace. Furthermore, the Group has rolled out binding global minimum standards for heavy duty vehicles and buildings.

Smart Freight Collaborate

  • Takes a leadership role on collaboration with other multinationals and logistics partners through major green freight programs, several of which it helped found: SmartWay, Clean Cargo Working Group, Green Freight Asia and the Brazilian Green Logistics Program. DPDHL advocates for their global spread through the UN-led Global Green Freight Action Plan in support of the Paris Climate Agreement. Through the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance, the company promotes public-private partnerships to accelerate action, and explores the potential of hydrogen for heavy-duty trucks through the H2-share project.