Emission-neutral and climate friendly: Deutsche Post World Net's new parcel delivery service
This service has been available to business customers since 2005. Now, since August 1, 2007, our climate-neutral parcel delivery service is the standard service offered to all customers. Deutsche Post World Net is converting the entire production of DHL Pluspäckchen to climate-friendly GoGreen Service. The goal of GoGreen is to compensate for CO 2 emissions generated during transport by employing climate protection measures.
For example, how much carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere by transporting a parcel from Cologne to Frankfurt? With extreme climate phenomenons becoming more and more common, this is a question that not only Deutsche Post World Net, as a global logistics company, has been asking. Today, customers are becoming increasingly more interested in finding answers to such questions. Thanks to its Carbon Management system Deutsche Post World Net is able to determine the level of CO 2 emissions reliably: 600 grams. The sender would in all probability exceed this amount by simply driving to a post office located 5 kilometers away.
Through optimized logistics - highly developed transportation networks, modern route planning and the intelligent bundling of letters, parcels and packages - Deutsche Post World Net already reduces emission levels successfully. GoGreen takes this initiative to a higher level by directly involving the customer.
This summer GoGreen Pluspäckchen parcels will replace the previously offered non-GoGreen Pluspäckchen parcels nationwide at the more than 12,500 postal outlets and Postpoints. The familiar yellow boxes will be replaced by new ones made of recyclable material and featuring new, optimized shapes. The postage of 5.99 euros also contains a contribution toward protecting the climate. Deutsche Post World Net invests this con-tribution in both internal and external climate protection projects. Externally, we contribute to such endeavors as the reforestation of illegally harvested rain forests in Latin America. Internally, we invest in vehicles powered by renewable fuels or engines that generate an extremely low level of emissions.
Since spring of this year customers have also been helping to protect the climate when they purchase postage for parcels from DHL over the Internet. Ten cents of the postage purchased online for each parcel is used to help protect the climate. The postage rates for online purchases are lower than the rates paid at post offices and postal points. Customers are thus helping to protect the environment while saving 90 cents on each parcel.
In compliance with the goals set forth in the Kyoto Protocol, Deutsche Post World Net is determined to reduce carbon dioxide emissions generated by its own European fleet of vehicles by 5 percent by 2012 in comparison with 1990. As a leading global logistics company, climate-friendly and emission-neutral delivery service is thus an essential component of our sustainable and successful business model. We are the first logistics company to offer emission-neutral delivery service in Europe. Our efforts have been rewarded by the capital markets. Deutsche Post World Net is a member of both the Dow Jones sustainability index DJSI Stoxx and the FTSE4Good Index.