Deutsche Post presents its first environmental report
Group documents its responsibility for an intact environmentBonn, 05/27/2003, 11:30 AM CEST
Deutsche Post has presented its first environmental report entitled "Naturally networked" to the public in Bonn. The report contains exemplary specific environmental assessments for a number of mail and parcel products based on the greenhouse gas emissions that they generate. In doing so, the Group is contributing additional facts to the ongoing debate about the logistics and transport sectors' impact on the environment.
The results show the clear environmental benefits of Deutsche Post World Net's dense national and global logistics networks. They provide a guarantee that logistics services can be offered in an extremely eco-efficient manner. "Integrated and intensively-used transport networks - both nationally and globally - are the prerequisites for sustainable mobility in the transport and logistics sector," says Dr Monika Wulf-Mathies, head of the Corporate Department Policy and Environment.
The integration of the logistics networks operated by Deutsche Post, DHL and Danzas, will enable the Group to organise its transport services in an even more eco-efficient manner in the future. The removal of parallel structures and the improvement of the utilisation ratio play a role in reducing energy consumption and emissions for each transport service provided. Intelligent routing and selecting the most suitable means of transport offer further potential savings. As early as 2002, IT-based systems such as "GeoRoute" made it possible to reduce the weekly mileage in the parcel delivery area by around 15,000 kilometres.
By providing eco-efficient logistics services, Deutsche Post can also help its customers to improve their environmental track record. The new logistics concept "Grøna Ton" in Sweden offers an environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional road transport. Customers can purchase transport services, run by biogas-powered trucks. In return, they receive a certificate showing the amount of carbon dioxide saved, a concept which is becoming increasingly important in connection with the European CO 2 emission certificates. In Germany, Deutsche Post and DB Cargo are switching freight shipments from road to rail using the "Parcel Intercity" service.
In its environmental programme, the Group is relying on the further integration of its international logistics networks, on enhanced staff qualifications and motivation and on consistent utilisation of technological innovation potential. According to the Group-wide environmental guidelines approved by the Board of Management, the key components of a corporate policy based on the principle of sustainable development also include a social and humanitarian commitment. The membership of Deutsche Post's subsidiary DHL in the Global Compact underlines this. The Global Compact is an initiative launched by the United Nations to establish the social and environmental cornerstones of a sustainable global economy. The environmental protection measures are co-ordinated by the Corporate Department Policy and Environment, which was set up at the Group's headquarters in 2001.
While compiling its environmental report, Deutsche Post received scientific assistance from the renowned Heidelberg "Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung (ifeu)" (Institute for Energy and Environmental Research).