Deutsche Post DHL will finish 2010 having sent around a billion GoGreen shipments of letters, parcels and express deliveries. That is about a third more than last year. The Group has in the process offset over 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) for its customers, compared with 38,500 tonnes CO2 last year. The environmentally-friendly GoGreen service launched in 2005 has continued to grow in recent years and is now available in 36 countries.
“We offer our customers the opportunity to send their shipments in a more sustainable way and to improve their own carbon footprint. The results speak for themselves: we have transported around one billion GoGeen shipments for our customers this year and the trend is still upwards”, says Rainer Wend, head of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Post DHL.
Growing awareness of sustainability
The Group was the first logistics company to introduce a CO2-neutral shipping service: with the GoGreen service for letters, parcels and express deliveries, and recently also for forwarding and freight customers, the CO2 emissions produced during transport and handling are calculated, then offset against external climate protection projects. GoGreen customers receive a statement for their CO2 neutral shipments, which they can use in their own value-added chain. In order to be able to ensure high-quality standards, the emissions calculations and offsetting for the GoGreen service are reviewed annually by Société Générale de Surveillance in line with the principles of the ISO 14064 standard.
The growing awareness of sustainability is also reflected in the’Delivering Tomorrow: Towards Sustainable Logistics’ report recently published by Deutsche Post DHL. In this study, 57% of business customers and 51% of consumers indicated that they would choose an environmentally-friendly logistics provider over a cheaper one. As well as many companies, publishers and organisations are also increasingly using the GoGreen shipping service, including AOK, Europcar and Metro, as well as the FOCUS Magazine publisher, Hubert Burda Medien and the ‘Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitspreis’.