Deutsche Post DHL Group shows new sustainability roadmap

According to Deutsche Post DHL Group’s press release, the company accelerates roadmap to decarbonization. To realize this ambitious goal, the Group is investing a total of 7 billion euros over the next ten years. The funds will flow in particular into alternative aviation fuels, the expansion of the zero-emission e-vehicle fleet and climate-neutral buildings. Now, the company is committing to new, ambitious interim targets.

For example, Deutsche Post DHL Group commits as part of the acclaimed Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

A commitment to sustainability is an integral part of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s corporate culture. Since 2008, the Group has set ambitious sustainability targets, and CO2 reduction is an example. In fact, the Group became the first logistics company in the world to set a target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. To achieve this goal, sustainability becomes a fundamental component of the corporate strategy.

Initiatives by 2030

In the fight against climate change, Deutsche Post DHL Group is committed to ambitious CO2 reduction targets. It assumes that its emissions would be around 46 million tons in 2030 without the measures of the sustainability roadmap. In 2020, emissions were 33 million metric tons. Today, the company is committed to reducing these annual Group CO2 emissions to below 29 million tons by 2030. This interim goal is still ambitious because there is the strong growth in global logistics activities.

To achieve this, Deutsche Post DHL Group is continuing to drive forward the electrification of its vehicle fleet. For example, 60 percent of global delivery vehicles for the last mile are to be electrically powered by 2030. Thus, more than 80,000 e-vehicles will be on the road.

On longer routes, especially in air transport, electric drives are not an alternative for the foreseeable future. That is why Deutsche Post DHL Group is pushing for the development and use of fuels produced from renewable energies. For specific, at least 30 percent in aviation and line haul are to be covered by sustainable fuels by 2030.

Who is Deutsche Post Group?

According to its homepage, Deutsche Post DHL Group is a German multinational package delivery and supply chain management company. The company is home to two strong brands: DHL and Deutsche Post.

DHL offers a comprehensive range of parcel and international express service, freight transport, and supply chain management services. In addition, the German service also provides e-commerce logistics solutions. Deutsche Post is Europe’s leading postal and parcel service provider.

Deutsche Post DHL Group shows incredible numbers. It employs approximately 570,000 people in over 220 countries and territories worldwide. The Group generated revenues of more than 66 billion Euros in 2020 as well.

What is DHL?

DHL is a German international courier, package delivery and express mail service. According to its homepage, we can see DHL’s history and numbers.

When Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn founded DHL in 1969, they didn’t know it would revolutionize the world of logistics. Today, DHL is the world’s leading logistics company. The company has more than 380,000 people in over 220 countries. DHL delivers over 1.5 billion parcels per year.

Logistics companies should realize socioeconomic value

As we see Deutsche Post DHL Group’s new sustainability roadmap, logistics companies face two difficult challenges. One is to adapt the strong growth of the logistics industry, and the other is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Why are these two challenges tough? This is simply because the more products are delivered, the more energy is needed. Thus, when we produce energy or deliver something, we might increase greenhouse gas emissions.

Therefore, Deutsche Post DHL Group’s new sustainability roadmap is not an ideal or ambitious goal but mandatory actions. In fact, other companies tackle the same challenge and takes bold actions. For example, Amazon tries to realize carbon neutrality by 2040 and makes use of its first custom electric delivery vehicle. We can easily expect this trend is accelerating in the next few years.