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.
We rely on a fleet of trucks and smaller delivery vehicles to handle our overland and regional transport operations as well as last-mile delivery services. Today our road fleet consists of more than 89,000 vehicles, including small commercial vehicles for letter mail and parcel delivery, light trucks for regional transport, and heavy trucks for long-haul transport. As our business continues to grow, our fleet of road vehicles also grows, and we make sure to consider eco-friendly drive technologies when purchasing new vehicles.
As called for in of our Corporate Investment Policy, newly purchased vehicles must always be more eco-friendly than those being replaced. Today we have a total of 10,500 green vehicles in our fleet (previous year: 8,500 green vehicles). In addition to these, more than 1,000 green vehicles are deployed by our subcontractors. We will continue to increase this number in order to reach our climate protection target.
Our strong air network is the foundation for the success of our EXPRESS division. Express services are tremendously important for a functioning global economy, and are becoming more important with every passing year. Whenever time is a critical factor, air express services become indispensable, whether for delivering time-sensitive replacement parts or transporting vital and easily perishable medicines.
We are a leading provider of international express services, and have a fleet capacity of more than 250 aircraft comprising 170 dedicated jet aircraft and more than 80 feeder aircraft. Our air fleet serves over 500 airports via 20 regional hubs and three global hubs in Leipzig, Cincinnati and Hong Kong. Our relationships with third-party providers also allow us to expand the capacity of our fleet as demand requires. While air transport is one of our major areas of activity, it is also emissions-intensive. In 2013, our own air fleet was responsible for 64% of our Group-wide greenhouse gas emissions in scopes 1 and 2. Through significant investments in the modernization of our air fleet, we were able to further improve the carbon efficiency of our air transport in the reporting year.
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.