Environment & solutions
Group-wide environmental protection program GoGreen defines global target: zero emissions by 2050
Sustainability has long since become one of the most important issues of our time. Our contribution to greater sustainability around the world is green logistics. To realize a more sustainable future we think it’s important to think big. Our new climate protection target is to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by the year 2050.
To help realize this vision of zero emission logistics, we have established a number of ambitious interim goals across the main action areas of our sustainability strategy.
By the year 2025, we want to:
- Increase our carbon efficiency by 50% compared to 2007 levels. This new target is based on the approach taken by the Science Based Targets Initiative.
- Reduce local air pollution emissions by operating 70% of our own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions, such as bicycles and electric vehicles.
- Have more than 50% of our sales incorporate Green Solutions. In this way we also make our customers’ supply chains greener.
- Certify 80% of our employees as GoGreen specialists and get them involved in our environmental and climate protection activities. This includes joining partners to plant one million trees every year to protect our forests.
The Shared Value proposition
The Shared Value proposition – the idea that our contributions to society and the environment also make our business stronger – plays an important role in all of our environmental protection activities, which are anchored in our Group strategy Strategy 2020: Focus.Connect.Grow. One aspect of the “Connect” pillar is to develop environmentally-friendly logistics solutions and bring the Group’s divisions together under a unified approach to commercializing these solutions.
Our climate protection goals are in keeping with our Shared Value approach. As early as 2008 we became the first major logistics company to make a voluntary commitment to improving our carbon efficiency by 30% over the 2007 baseline by the year 2020. In our effort to reach this target, our environmental protection program GoGreen developed measures to improve the carbon efficiency of our air and road transport operations as well as that of our buildings and facilities. We achieved this goal in 2016, well ahead of schedule.