DHL has expanded its GoGreen environmental services with two new carbon reporting services – DHL GoGreen Carbon Estimate and DHL GoGreen Carbon Footprint – aimed at providing US importers and exporters with transparency of their carbon emissions.
DHL GoGreen Carbon Estimate is a forecast service that provides customers with a single, high-level estimate of their CO2 footprint for their most recent three-month time period, based on global average carbon emission factors. This snapshot allows customers to baseline their carbon footprint for informational and forecasting purposes.
DHL GoGreen Carbon Footprint is a measurement service that provides detailed transparency of customers’ actual CO2 emissions at trade lane, product, mode of transport, account, and shipment level for a calendar year, to support them with target-setting decisions. The CO2 calculation methodology and processes for reports are verified in accordance with the principles of ISO 14064 Standard by the independent, Switzerland-based Société Générale de Surveillance.
The new GoGreen reporting services are designed to complement the current DHL GoGreen Carbon Neutral service, which enables customers to offset CO2 emissions for their DHL shipments. DHL Express offers its three DHL GoGreen services in more than 50 countries worldwide, including many markets in Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Americas.
In 2011, Deutsche Post DHL shipped an estimated 1.9 billion GoGreen Carbon Neutral shipments worldwide, while offsetting 134,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Since its launch in 2006, more than 270,000 tons of CO2 emissions have been offset by GoGreen carbon neutral shipping and logistics services.
In 2007, the GoGreen service gained global exposure after being used by the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
In April, DHL Global Forwarding, the group’s freight division, announced that it will rely more heavily on rail in Germany to transport containers to sea freight terminals, in an effort to cut its carbon emissions. By shifting from road to rail transport, the freight unit expects to cut carbon emissions by 365 tons a year, according to a report in Post & Parcel.