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DHL Achieves Record CO2 Efficiency in Asia-Pacific

Global logistics provider DHL says it improved the CO2 efficiency of its ground operations in Asia-Pacific 21 percent in 2011 compared to 2010. This is the third consecutive year DHL Express Asia-Pacific has achieved double-digit efficiency improvements in the company’s annual carbon accounting process, despite increases in volume due to the continued economic recovery.

The business in Bangladesh proved to be the region's most outstanding performer. It achieved the highest improvement rating of 27 percent with its continued investment in cleaner technology such as CNG vehicles, while reducing reliance on least energy-efficient power sources such as power-diesel generators.

Other top performers include DHL Express operations in Japan, South Korea and China, which achieved CO2 efficiency improvements of 23 percent, 22 percent and 19 percent respectively. The business in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam also did well, achieving double-digit performance improvements in 2011.

"With this level of innovation and commitment to the DHL GoGreen program, we are on track to beat our target of improving the carbon efficiency of our operations and those of our transport subcontractors by 30 percent by 2020, compared to 2007,” said Jerry Hsu, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific.

DHL Express Asia Pacific started the assessment of its carbon footprint from energy consumption in real estate and ground transport to measure and improve carbon efficiency through abatement programs. This program was first introduced by DHL Express in 2008 and now covers over 1,000 facilities in 27 markets across Asia-Pacific. In 2009, DHL Express in Asia Pacific improved overall CO2 efficiency by 19 percent over 2008, and in 2010, the figure was 14.1 percent.

Record efficiency levels were achieved in 2011 as a result of a variety of initiatives under DHL's region-wide GoGreen program. Programs included optimizing delivery routes, using clean fuels and consolidating facilities. Innovative initiatives and latest technologies that were deployed also helped to optimize processes and operations, which in turned helped to reduce CO2 emissions.

Market-specific CO2 reduction programs were also rolled out. For example, DHL Japan's project team responded to the massive power shortages across the country, caused by the earthquake and tsumani, by implementing widespread abatement measures from installing LED lights, re-setting air-conditioners to 28 degrees celsius, and switching off lights at certain times and in certain areas. In South Korea, Express service centers were consolidated and electric scooters replaced petrol vehicles for deliveries. The business also switched to drawbar trucks, which allowed it to halve the number of trucks needed. Meanwhile in China, the business managed its improvements by route and asset optimization, and re-lamping.

DHL Express was the first global logistics company to offer a carbon neutral shipping service. DHL GoGreen Carbon Neutral calculates the carbon emissions generated by each shipment and offsets these emissions by reinvesting in recognized climate protection projects such as hydropower, biomass or wind energy. Globally, the DP DHL group successfully shipped more than 1.86 billion GoGreen shipments in 2011, offsetting 134,000 tonnes of CO2 for customers.

In 2011, DHL has established a dedicated waste and recycling division called DHL Envirosolutions that is providing sustainability services and consulting in the United Kingdom.

Bart King is a PR/marketing communications consultant and principal at Cleantech Communications.

Bart King is the principal of New Growth Communications, a network of affiliated content producers and strategists serving clients in the emerging green economy. He is also Associate Editor of Sponsored Content for Sustainable Brands. Follow him @bart_king [Read more about Bart King]

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