CNG - a readily available alternative to diesel fuel
Goods are moved by our divisions using a variety of different modes and types of transport. By evaluating our carbon footprint figures, we are able to develop and implement targeted measures that allow us to reduce both fuel consumption and energy use. Our carbon efficiency measures have helped continuously reduce fuel consumption in our road transport business. The sharp increase in customer demand within our express business, however, caused a slight rise in fuel consumption in our air transport business. Our fleet modernization efforts are unable to fully offset such effects.
Our road vehicle fleet consists of approximately 92,000 vehicles worldwide. We implement a wide range of measures to improve the carbon efficiency of our operations – many of these measures also improve the fuel-efficiency of our road fleet. These are first tested for their effectiveness before being rolled out on a larger scale. Solutions here focus mainly on aerodynamics and eco-chiptuning technologies, but also include lightweight vehicle design and telematics.
Along with technical modifications made to conventional fuel vehicles, we have also increased our efforts to deploy alternative drive technologies and alternative fuels as a way to further reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. This includes mainly electric and natural gas powered vehicles for short distances, as well as sustainably produced, advanced generation biofuels for long-haul transport. Out of approximately 92,000 road vehicles deployed worldwide, we have already enhanced approximately 13,500 vehicles with some 22,500 technical modifications (several different modifications can be made to a single vehicle).
As a leading provider of international express services, Deutsche Post DHL Group maintains a fleet of over 250 dedicated aircraft comprised of 182 cargo planes and a number of smaller feeder aircraft. Our air fleet serves approximately 500 airports worldwide via 19 main regional hubs and three global hubs in Leipzig, Cincinnati and Hong Kong.
At 1,300 million kg, the kerosene consumption within our own fleet in 2015 was slightly more than in 2014. Air transport thus comprised approximately 69% of our direct greenhouse gas emissions (GHG Protocol Scopes 1and 2). Air transport is also the main source of the local air pollutant sulfur dioxide (SO2). Based on the materiality analysis, our stakeholders regard all of these aspects as relevant for the Group and its operations. Our “burn less” measures help us address them – such measures include the continuous modernization our air fleet, for example. In 2015 we deployed the first tranche of Boeing 757 aircraft in Europe, which are more efficient, have greater cargo capacity and are equipped with improved technology. This improves the environmental friendliness of our fleet while reducing repairs and improving the working conditions for flight personnel. At present, 66% of our jet aircraft meet the highest noise standards prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Partner management in ocean transports
Our GLOBAL FORWARDING, FREIGHT division, which handles the Group's ocean freight business, continued to develop its Green Carrier Scorecard tool in the reporting year. The Carrier Scorecard provides information on the ocean carriers' environmental performance, including carbon emissions figures, as well as network performance. The Green Carrier Scorecard is an important lever for incorporating environmental aspects into our subcontractor management.