Mission 2050: Zero Emission

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Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL), the world’s largest mail and logistics company, will reduce all logistics-related emissions to net zero by the year 2050. In pursuit of this ambitious new target, DPDHL hopes to contribute meaningfully to achieving the goal of limiting global warming to well below two degrees Celsius established at the 2015 Paris climate conference (COP 21), as well as to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Goal 11 (“Sustainable Cities and Communities”) and Goal 13 (“Climate Action”). DPDHL also wants to become the market leader in green logistics and plans to expand its portfolio of green products and services to help customers achieve their own climate protection targets. The previous climate target – to improve carbon efficiency by 30% over the 2007 baseline – was achieved in 2016, four years ahead of schedule, thanks to a diverse range of measures to optimize the Group’s vehicle fleet, buildings and logistics networks.


DPDHL’s climate protection goal of zero emissions logistics by 2050 applies both to the company’s own activities and to those of its transport subcontractors. The mission of zero emissions logistics is supported by four interim milestones to be achieved by the year 2025 as part of the Group’s environmental protection program GoGreen:

  • Globally, DPDHL will increase the carbon efficiency of its own activities and those of its transport subcontractors by 50% compared to the 2007 baseline.

  • At the local level, the Group aims to improve the lives of people right where they live and work using clean transport solutions. DPDHL will operate 70% of its own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions e.g. by bike and electric vehicle.

  • More than 50% of sales will incorporate Green Solutions, making customers’ supply chains greener.

  • The Group will train and certify 80% of its employees as GoGreen specialists by 2025, and actively involve them in its environmental and climate protection activities. The company also plans to join with partners to plant one million trees every year.


DPDHL’s environmental protection program GoGreen is built on two basic principles: Burn Less and Burn Clean:
• The “burn less” approach is about reducing energy consumption without changing the energy source, such as measures to improve load capacity.
• The “burn clean” focuses on using green energy sources and fuels, such as electric vehicles for pickup and delivery.
The both principles above could found their applicability in different areas, for example in ROAD TRANSPORT and REAL ESTATE. In the first one (ROAD TRANSPORT) BURN LESS is achieved implementing studies on Aerodynamics, Engine Modification and Hybrids vehicles, BURN CLEAN using Alternative green fuel or Electric vehicles. DPDHL Group today manages about 12,000 green vehicles (vs 544 in 2008). About REAL ESTATE DPDHL today owns “The First zero-to-landfill warehouse” thanks to the utilization of over 60% Green electricity and an advanced way to manage lighting, heating and air conditioning in the facility.
Combining both principles achieves optimum results. DPDHL also involves its customers in the optimization measures. The Group also features an array of standardized solutions as well as customized support through its GoGreen Solutions offering. The Green Optimization products include tailor-made logistics solutions which help customers reduce emissions in their own supply chains.
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