CNG - a readily available alternative to diesel fuel
In logistics, a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions occur during transport. As a result, the composition of the transport fleet is a major factor in determining carbon efficiency.
"Our mail and parcel carriers are out on the streets six days a week, delivering to every private household and business. By making deliveries by bike or electric vehicle, we provide environmentally friendly last-mile solutions that reduce air pollutants and keep noise to an absolute minimum. This improves our customers' lives while at the same time offering our people even better working conditions. By 2025, 70% of our delivery operations will be green."
Jürgen Gerdes, Board Member Post - eCommerce - Parcel, Deutsche Post DHL Group
Our road vehicle fleet consists of approximately 92,000 vehicles worldwide. We rely on a wide range of measures to improve the carbon efficiency of our fleet operations - measures which also help reduce fuel consumption. Solutions here focus mainly on aerodynamics and eco-chiptuning technologies, but also include lightweight vehicle design and telematics.
In addition to making technical modifications to conventional fuel vehicles, we also rely increasingly on the use of alternative drive technologies and alternative fuels 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 roughly 20,500 vehicles with some 25,600 technical modifications.
By the year 2025, we want to operate 70% of our own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions, such as bicycles and electric vehicles.
Air transport - Express service
"We want to be the most customer-centric company out there. That means that we know precisely what our customers need and that we are already developing the solutions of tomorrow. We are determined to make our zero emissions logistics vision a reality within three decades. That includes using the innovative strength and expertise of our people around the world to drive research and development in zero emissions transport solutions."
Ken Allen, Board Member Express, Deutsche Post DHL Group
As one of the world's leading providers of international express services, Deutsche Post DHL Group maintains a fleet of over 250 dedicated aircraft comprised of 190 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.
In line with our Burn Less principle we continually upgrade the aircraft in our fleet. And in keeping with our Burn Clean approach, we also support the use of alternative aviation fuels. However, at present not enough is known about how these fuels impact air operations and the environment, ruling out their large-scale deployment. We are currently working together with other companies as part of the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V. (aireg) to improve the viability of such alternative aviation fuels.
Air and ocean freight
Unlike our express business, our air and ocean freight business does not deploy its own fleets; instead we act as the facilitator between customers and freight carriers. When selecting transport partner we also consider environmental criteria.