Deutsche Post World Net aims to reduce its carbon footprint for every letter mailed, every container shipped and every square meter of warehouse space used by 30 per cent by the year 2020. DPWN is the first in the industry to set a quantifiable climate protection target. ‘As the leading logistics provider and one of the world’s largest employers, we acknowledge our broader responsibility in the battle against climate change, caused by industries and humans,’ says chairman and chief executive officer Frank Appel. ‘Our GoGreen Program will help us be the obvious first choice for customers who seek climate-friendly logistics solutions.’ Today, two-thirds of the company’s 100 biggest customers are already pursuing their own climate protection goals. The reference year for the Group’s efficiency target will be 2007.
To achieve its objectives, Deutsche Post World Net will progressively modernise its air and ground fleets – about 90 per cent of the Group’s air fleet will be replaced by modern, more fuel-efficient aircraft. In addition, state-of-the-art environmental technologies will be used to improve the energy efficiency of sorting centres and warehouses. The use of innovative technologies such as hybrid engines and route planning will be expanded to reduce the fuel consumption of the Group’s road fleet.
The company’s more than 500,000 employees will play a key role in the GoGreen Program: Deutsche Post World Net will start staff awareness campaigns to encourage employees to reduce their carbon footprint at work and at home through measures such as driver trainings or energy-saving classes. Since the climate protection goal for 2020 also applies to subcontractors, the Group will work together with them to develop methods to both track their emissions and identify efficiency-boosting measures.