DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, says it’s the industry’s first company to include an automatic carbon footprint reporting feature as part of its track and trace system.
As of Oct. 1, DHL’s air and ocean freight division’s customers worldwide can see the carbon footprint of their shipments within DHL’s web-based services DHLi Public Tracking and Active Tracing. The reporting service automatically appears in the system. DHL customers can track their carbon emissions from any Internet-enabled device.
Roger Crook, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, say more customers demand precise calculations of carbon emissions when shipping goods. Crook says the European Standard and the new regulation by the French government on the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions for transport services further add to this trend.
Implementing the report feature in DHL’s existing tracking tools allows the company to get ahead of its competition and gives its customers easy-to-access reports, Crook says.
To receive individual carbon footprint statements of their shipments via Track & Trace or Active Tracing, customers enter their shipment ID and click on the CO2 footprint button. The system will then provide the user with an individual carbon emissions notification.
The data is compliant with the European Standard EN 16258, which was developed by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), as well as the new French Decree 2011-1336, which went into effect Oct. 1.
France has its own reporting scheme, as the French government significantly increased environmental protection regulations following the environmental summit Grenelle de l’environnement in Paris in 2011. The French decree provides a mandatory carbon reporting scheme for transports from, to and within France.
DHL Global Forwarding, Freight offers a wide range of green services, including Carbon Reports, the Carbon Dashboard (a supply chain efficiency visualization and simulation tool) as well as customer specific optimization projects.
The carbon footprint tracing feature offers customers transparency on the environmental impact of their transports. In addition, to achieve more detailed information for their transport management, they can receive a consolidated carbon report upon request.
Last year DHL 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.