DHL is hosting a newly launched global summit this week which aims to bring together logistics and sustainability experts to collaborate on developing greener, cleaner logistics.
The Era of Sustainable Logistics Global Summit 2023 runs from 25 April-27 April in Valencia - Europe's Green Capital for 2024.
The summit gives more than 1,000 decision makers, stakeholders and experts the opportunity to exchange ideas and insights to create the future of global supply chains.
The global summit also provides Deutsche Post DHL Group with a forum to update stakeholders on the progress of its sustainability roadmap with the key topics of electrification, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), carbon-neutral buildings, and alternative green services.
Katja Busch, DHL chief commercial officer and head of customer solutions and innovation, said “As we face the challenges of the climate emergency, it is clear that sustainability must be at the forefront of our efforts.
"By prioritizing cleaner, greener logistics and working together, I truly believe that we can drive meaningful progress towards achieving sustainable supply chains.
“The DHL Era of Sustainable Logistics Global Summit 2023 is an opportunity for community building, and we are excited to be the ones to facilitate this summit; collaboration is a must to achieve progress.
"We owe it to future generations to take bold action and make commitments to protect our planet now.”
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Following the launch of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s 2050 Mission in March 2017– which is centred around the commitment to achieve net-zero emissions until 2050 – the group has met a number of milestones in its pursuit of that goal.
Deutsche Post DHL Group has introduced over 30,000 e-vehicles in its delivery fleet worldwide, and ordered up to 12 fully electric cargo planes. Last year, the Group also secured over 830 million liters of sustainable air fuel (SAF) until 2026.
In addition, more than half of its facilities (52.1%) are carbon neutral, including 76 new buildings designed and built according to carbon-neutral guidelines.
The group also offers customers sustainable alternatives, such as the GoGreen Plus services, for all core products. This service has already been taken up by a number of major customers with "many other customers" in discussion, it said.
Yin Zou, Deutsche Post DHL Group executive vice president of corporate development, said: "Since the announcement of our sustainability roadmap in March 2021, we have already made significant progress in our journey towards a more sustainable future – with the deployment of electric vehicles, the purchase of SAF, the transformation and construction of carbon-neutral buildings, and the expansion of new green services."
He added: "While we are proud of the rapid progress we’ve made, we remain dedicated to exploring new technologies and partnerships to further create momentum to drive the green agenda forward.”
In addition to the green services the company offers, the group is also enabling customers to reduce their carbon footprint by introducing the new DHL GoGreen Dashboard – an emissions reporting solution for the group's large cross-divisional customers, which provides transparency according to recognized industry standards like the GLEC Framework or the recently published ISO 14083.
The solution enables customers to quickly and easily view carbon emissions for all of the group’s business units through a single customizable platform – completely free of charge.
DHL said the interface eliminates the need to access multiple systems and reports, making the reporting process more efficient and streamlined, with the aim of acheiving better informed decision-making.
The tool will first be rolled out to the first top 100 cross-divisional customers with the intent to expand the scope later this year.