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DHL Launches ‘Carbon Dashboard’ Emissions Tracker

DHL Global Forwarding has launched the GoGreen Carbon Dashboard, a service for its freight customers to track carbon emissions in their supply chain.

The system records carbon emissions coming from both DHL and third party sources, in an effort to provide users with a single carbon measurement platform, the freight firm says.

DHL says that the dashboard uses a “internationally recognized public standard” to calculate carbon emissions and treats CO2 as an integrated business parameter, putting it into relation with other supply chain parameters such as volume shipped, product density and trade lane efficiency.

The dashboard also enables customers to dry run various carbon reduction scenarios using real data (pictured) and explore the effectiveness of different options for carbon reduction, DHL says. The Carbon Dashboard’s CO2 mapping is web-based and available instantly.

“Up to 50 percent of the carbon footprint of a product comes from the supply chain,” vice president of green strategy Kathrin Brost said. “DHL Global Forwarding, Freight now offers its customers a best-in-class tool to gain transparency on the carbon efficiency within their supply chain. In the future, carbon will become a global currency and DHL makes it easy for companies to integrate it in their balance sheet.”

DHL is committed to improving its carbon efficiency by 10 percent by 2012 and by 30 percent by 2020, against a 2007 base.

As a part of this commitment, in April the freight firm announced that it was introducing 30 electric vans and 50 hybrid trucks to its Manhattan fleet in an initiative that it said will cut CO2 emissions by over 50 percent, compared to traditional vans and trucks. The vehicles should all hit the streets by September 2011.

Both types of vehicles will be manufactured in the U.S. by Azure Dynamics and will use Ford chassis. DHL’s existing Ford E450s will be converted into hybrids, improving fuel economy by up to 40 percent while reducing emissions by about 30 percent, DHL said.

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