DHL Express increases efforts to reduce carbon dioxide levels
- Three years of successful accreditation to ISO 14001 (Environment).
- Conversion of vehicle fleet to natural gas.
- 'Klima:aktiv' project partner for the German Ministry of Environment.
- Nominated for the Austrian Bmvit Transport Logistics Award.
DHL Express is continuing its drive for sustainable logistics and all fifteen of its subsidiaries in Austria have just been reaccredited for the third time by SGS to the environmental management standard, making DHL Express the only company in the CEP (courier, express, parcels) sector to be awarded the environmental accreditation throughout Austria.
For Dr Martin Hermesch, managing director of DHL Express Austria, this accreditation is the result of the company's consistent pursuit of a strategy for sustainability, 'We have a fifteen-strong environmental team headed by the environmental representative Anneliese Ritter, which is responsible for implementing the environmental objectives in each location. For 2008 specific carbon dioxide (CO 2) objectives have been set for each branch'.
For DHL Express a significant component of the environmental strategy is the use of alternative fuels. 'From 2008 we will convert at least ten per cent of our entire vehicle fleet to alternative fuels', confirms Dr Martin Hermesch. 'This equates to some fifty delivery vehicles throughout Austria.' As part of 'Klima:aktiv', the environmental protection initiative of the Austrian Ministry of Environment, training in fuel saving is currently underway. By changing the way some 500 DHL couriers drive, it is hoped that CO 2 emissions can be reduced by between five and ten per cent by the end of 2008.
Nominated for the Austrian Bmvit Federal Transport Logistics Award
In recognition of its involvement in research into the use of alternative fuels in long-distance transport conducted in co-operation with the Vienna University of Technology, ÖAMTC (Austrian Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club) and MAN (commercial vehicles group), DHL Express has been nominated for the Bmvit federal award. The award is due to be presented on 14 November 2007 by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology in Vienna.