Preserving God's Creation: DHL's GoGreen at "Kirchentag"Bonn, 04/20/2007, 11:30 AM CEST
When it comes to preserving God's Creation, environmental protection and ecology are not just empty words at the biennial congress of the Protestant "Kirchentag". As the largest such event in Germany, the Kirchentag, has been striving to improve its environmental performance in many different areas for years.
On occasion of the "31. Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag" held in Cologne from June 6 to June 10, 2007, the organizers have decided to do something very special: the Kirchentag is to become the first large-scale EMAS-certified event in Germany ever.
Deutsche Post World Net's "GoGreen" initiative will be an important partner in achieving this certification. "GoGreen" is a carbon neutral shipping service for goods and documents. This means that CO2 emissions will be calculated in accordance with the provisions of the Kyoto Protocol and then be offset as part of inhouse and external environmental protection projects. The use of delivery vehicles powered by alternative means and using alternative fuels will help to achieve this goal.
This weekend the staff of the Kirchentag will be sending around 60,000 congress folders to everyone who will definitely attend the large-scale Christian congress held over five days in Cologne from June 6 to June 10, 2007 without harming the environment.
This is not just a major logistics challenge. Up to now, this has always been a major additional burden for the environment. After all, the congress documents with each individual set as big and heavy as a brick were sent to destinations all over Europe. The cooperation with DHL and its GoGreen initiative will bring the Kirchentag a lot closer to its goal to obtain the EMAS certification.
DHL is able to provide this carbon neutral shipping service for small packets and parcels not just as part of the Kirchentag congress but to all customers as part of its online franking service at: www.dhl.com an.