DHL Express has expanded its GoGreen environmental initiative to offer its lightweight document shipping service carbon neutral – free of charge.
The DHL Express Envelope service will now come with carbon offsetting as standard for customers in 110 countries across the globe.
The move announced today came 10 months after rival FedEx Express made its FedEx Envelope services carbon neutral free of charge.
DHL Express Envelope provides door-to-door delivery of urgent non-dutiable documents weighing up to 300g, with deliveries made by the end of the next possible business day.
As well as offering recyclable, “environmental friendly” packaging, the service will now see DHL calculating the carbon dioxide emissions associated with the handling and transport of the individual shipment, with the amount of emissions offset.
The offset involves DHL funding environmental projects that would reduce carbon emissions by the equivalent amount to the shipments being offset.
DHL said it is calculating and verifying its offsets according to the ISO14064 international standard, overseen by independent auditors at the Société Générale de Surveillance, the Geneva-based inspection and certification agency.
Roland Thomas, the global head of products at DHL Express, said offering carbon neutral document shipping free of charge was about building the company’s leadership in environmental sustainability.
“We are increasingly being challenged by our customers to help them build a green supply chain for their global operations,” he said.
“We are certain that the enhanced DHL Express Envelope GoGreen service will deliver one more answer to that challenge.”
GoGreen is the environmental programme for the whole of DHL Express’s parent group, Deutsche Post DHL, which launched the initiative back in 2008 intending to cut its group-wide emissions by 30% before 2020.
By 2011, the initiative attained a 10% improvement in company emissions, one year ahead of plan.
DHL has been offering carbon neutral transportation of commercial shipments since 2006, available for a premium fee, and in the past few years has seen an increasing number of customers opting for the offering.
The company said it had seen triple-digit volume growth for its GoGreen shipments in each of the last three years. Since 2006, DHL has offset more than 270,000 tons of the climate change-causing carbon dioxide gas through its GoGreen programme.
In 2011, the initiative offset 134,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Environmental projects that have been supported by the GoGreen programme have included a biomass power project in India, hydropower project in Brazil, landfill gas project in Turkey, a reforestation project in Uganda and wind power projects in China and Nicaragua.
Source: PostParcel/DHL Express