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Lighting Retrofits to Cut DHL’s Utility Costs 50%, CO2 Emissions 52%

DHL has launched a Lighting Retrofit Program at its Global Forwarding unit in the Americas region to help the company improve CO2 efficiency five percent by the end of 2010. The program will initially be rolled out in the United States before expanding to Canada and Mexico.

As part of Deutsche Post DHL and its GoGreen climate protection program, DHL Global Forwarding has committed to improving its CO2 efficiency by 30 percent by 2020 with an interim target of five percent by the end of this year. Deutsche Post DHL says it is the first logistics company in its industry to set a quantifiable environmental sustainability target.

The rollout will start at its Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, operation followed by Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida. The San Juan, Puerto Rico operations is also planned in the initial rollout before expanding into Canada and Mexico where assessments are already under way.

By the end of the year, DHL Global Forwarding expects to achieve five percent CO2 efficiency improvements in the United States and Puerto Rico, together with a utility cost reduction of 50 percent and a projected CO2 reduction of 52 percent.

“Implementing a lighting retrofit program in our operations in the Americas, is one of the ways DHL Global Forwarding helps to protect the environment — and optimize operational costs,” said Sonia Nuñez, Head of GoGreen for DHL Global Forwarding, Americas.

DHL Global Forwarding operations in Houston, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; and Los Angeles, California already have efficient lighting.

In February 2008, the Toronto, Ontario facility in Canada was built with energy-efficient features. The advanced lighting system installed in the new facility is expected to deliver a 73 percent reduction in energy consumption for lighting.

DHL was one of three expedited shippers named by Inbound Logistics magazine on its list of “50 Green Supply Chain Partners.”

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