Deutsche Post DHL is using more and more green power
The role of renewable energies is expanding around the world: Energy is a key issue in nearly every region of the world. And it is easy to see why: Demand is constantly rising, but fossil fuels are finite and also damage the environment. Political initiatives in many countries, activities by trade associations and nongovernmental organizations and the creation of networks are fueling the growth of renewable energies. In 2012, 19 percent of final energy consumption in the world was met with renewable energies. The percentage rose once again in 2013. Electricity usage clearly illustrates this trend: More than 22 percent of worldwide electricity was generated by renewable energy sources in 2013, according to the status report "Renewables 2014" issued by a leading organization, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). The pacesetters in the area of renewable electricity capacity remain China, the United States, Brazil, Canada and Germany.
The mix of measures being implemented by the Group includes reducing energy consumption ("burn less") and using renewable energy sources ("burn clean").
The Group already meets 60 percent of its global electricity needs with renewable energy sources. In the framework of its global GoGreen program, Deutsche Post DHL aims to improve its carbon efficiency between 2007 and 2020 by 30 percent. Already in 2010 – two years ahead of the timeline – the Group reached its first interim target: a carbon efficiency improvement of 10 percent. The company is well positioned and focuses on the development and the use of innovative technologies for its sites as well as for its fleet. This includes the use of alternative fuel as well as alternative drive systems. In addition, the Group continuously improves its network and complies with recognized international environmental standards. The use of renewable energy sources is yet another factor to minimize the environmental impact of its business operations.
In 2012, green power met 42 percent of the company's electricity needs. Since then, Deutsche Post DHL has raised this total to more than 60 percent. Locations in such countries as Germany, the United States, Great Britain, Ireland and France as well as several other countries have done even better, boosting their share of green power to more than 90 percent.
"The use of renewable energies can positively impact global trends and climate change," says Christof Ehrhart, Head of Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Post DHL. "As one of the world's largest companies, we intend to do our part and conduct our business in a sustainable manner. The role of the renewable energy market is growing, even though the availability of this energy and regional conditions for it have not yet reached a level that will enable more green power to be used. We plan to increase our usage in such regions as the Asia-Pacific once the necessary conditions are in place."
The mix of measures being implemented by the Group includes reducing energy consumption ("burn less") and using renewable energy sources ("burn clean"). As part of this effort, 11,500 Group vehicles are powered by alternative drive systems that range from electric and hybrid technology to aerodynamic modifications and the use of alternative fuels. Besides using alternative drive systems and green power, the Group is applying holistic delivery concepts. In one such concept, mail and parcel delivery in Bonn, the location of the Group's headquarters, will be completely conducted with electric vehicles by 2015. It is the world's first transport concept that is based on an environmentally conscious and low-noise delivery service.