In an effort to support global initiatives that seek to reduce the impact of business on the environment, DHL Express, the world’s leading express delivery company, sent its first carbon neutral express shipments from Africa on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The trophies, which are made of recycled glass, with recycled metal stands, were shipped from Nairobi, Kenya, to the 86 cities, associations and companies around the world that currently form UNEP’s CN NET.
DHL expanded its service offering to temporarily include GOGREEN services, which are currently not part of the standard DHL portfolio for Africa. Through its GOGREEN service DHL Express offers carbon-neutral shipping to its customers, thereby meeting the demand for more environmentally responsible products and services. Using two custom built tools ’ a Carbon Calculation system (patented) and a Carbon Management system (patented), DHL can assess the carbon emissions created by a customer’s shipment, identify the most appropriate abatement projects, coordinate the offsetting of emissions, and then, in conjunction with an independent third party, issue certificates that detail the annual carbon offset data for that customer. Customers can use these certificates to prove their contribution to countering the effects of climate change.
George Kerschbaumer, EVP Global Commercial at DHL Express, commented on the special shipment: ‘DHL is proud to be the only express delivery company that is able to offer a reliable and independently certified climate neutral service to its customers. As this example shows, we are also willing to go the extra mile to promote more environmental friendly transportation methods.’
Deutsche Post DHL is the first global logistics company to join CN Net. This is a good indication of DHL’s commitment to stay at the forefront of the logistics industry’s efforts to lower emissions and improve its carbon efficiency, despite the economic crisis.
The Climate Neutral Network was established to assist those interested in achieving significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to reach their goals, by making public the inspiring plans and strategies that pioneering partners have drawn up in order to achieve climate neutrality and encouraging them to publicize their achievements’and challenges’via regular up-dates of the web pages. Also, it is a forum through which companies that aspire to climate neutrality may network and learn more about how to plan their own emissions reductions. Moreover, by acting as an honest broker, CN Net brings developed and developing countries together to green the development path and support the Millennium Development Goals.
The long-term aim of CN Net is to address the reduction of all greenhouse gases, including the six that fall under the Kyoto Protocol, and others covered by treaties such as the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer.