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DHL Express Asia Pacific Clocks Improvement in Carbon Efficiency

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DHL’s Express division in the Asia Pacific has improved overall CO2 efficiency by 19 per cent year-on-year. Overall, the company reduced CO2 emissions by 13 million kilograms for fiscal 2009, representing a 9 per cent reduction of CO2 emissions and yielding a €10 million savings in overall energy and ground vehicular fuel costs, with its region-wide carbon footprint assessment and abatement program.

A press statement from DHL has said these are the first results of the carbon footprint assessment and abatement program which was started by DHL Express in 2008 covering over 1,000 facilities in 27 markets across Asia Pacific. The purpose of the assessment was to measure and reduce DHL Express’ carbon footprint from energy consumption in real estate and its transport fleet.

Within Asia Pacific, India registered one of the best scores for the reduction of CO2 emissions. DHL Express India saw a reduction of 1.7 million kilograms of CO2 emissions across close to 150 sites of operations. It reduced its per unit CO2 emissions by 40 per cent year-on-year in ground transport and registered a 24 per cent reduction per unit CO2 emissions in its real estate energy consumption.

Having reduced its per unit Ground Transport Fuel consumption by 6 per cent and improved its per unit CO2 emissions from real estate by 32 per cent, Blue Dart, part of the DHL Group, saw an improvement on CO2 efficiency by 10 per cent year-on-year.

“As the world’s leading express company, we are committed to sustainability and have a responsibility to address environmental challenges. Across Asia Pacific, we took steps to reduce our carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency, optimizing delivery routes, switching to clear fuels and consolidating facilities in the region. The results of our assessment are a great encouragement – clearly with our commitment to sustainable solutions, we can make a difference,” said John Pearson, CEO, DHL Express, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (APEM).

In India, DHL Express’s internal initiatives included optimizing delivery routes, switching to clean fuels and consolidating facilities in the country. Simple measures went a long way – encouraging staff to switch off the lights in areas which are not in use, adjusting the air conditioning to an optimal setting, phasing out excess printers and photocopiers, auto hibernation of PC monitors, prudent use of Material Handling Equipment (MHE) to optimize the energy consumption and utilization.

For Blue Dart, the leading domestic air express company, measures undertaken included raising awareness and close monitoring of energy expenditures, route optimization for its vehicles, introducing fuel-efficient vehicles, initiating lights-off initiatives, reduction in air conditioning usage, re-lamping using energy-efficient light bulbs and re-use of plastic bags for load transfer.

“Fleet optimization was one of key areas for emission improvement in India. DHL Express reviewed areas where we predominantly delivered documents and replaced over 60 vehicles with 75 motorbikes thereby increasing fuel efficiency. Blue Dart, which operates over 5,000 vehicles, worked on substituting air routes with intercity road line haul. At the same time, we have implemented pick up and delivery optimization measures to further enhance our operational efficiency and service levels for customers,” said Malcolm Monteiro, Senior Vice President and Area Director, South Asia for DHL Express.

As the world’s leading express company, DHL was the first in the logistics sector to set specific and quantifiable CO2 targets. Globally, as part of its GoGreen Climate Protection Program, DP DHL has announced plans to improve its carbon efficiency by 2020 compared to 2007 levels. The group has set stringent targets to reduce emissions per package, per square meter of real estate used and tons transported.

Globally, DHL was among the first companies to offer customers products to off-set the carbon footprint generated from transporting their shipments. With DHL Express GOGREEN shipping, we calculate the carbon emissions generated by transporting each customer shipment from the country of origin to destination. DHL offsets these emissions by reinvesting in certified carbon management programs such as alternative fuel vehicle technology, solar panels and wind energy.

As part of its focus on sustainability and green solutions, DHL has also partnered the Urban Planet pavilion at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai. At the central Chinese pavilion presenting the Expo’s overall theme “Better City, Better Life”, DHL’s exhibits shows examples from the Group’s climate protection program and DHL’s GOGREEN products, environmentally friendly transport technologies and new concepts for effective City Logistics.

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