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DHL driving home the green message

As the popularity of Internet commerce expands, so does the reach and extent of worldwide parcel delivery. With hundreds of thousands of courier flights, ships and vans ferrying packages across the globe, each company’s commitment to sustainability is becoming all the more important. It is an undeniable fact that as consumers we now place environmental friendliness of a company somewhere near the top of our priorities, when only a few years ago we wouldn’t have known or cared about that sort of thing.

Worldwide parcel delivery company DHL Express is fast becoming one of the leaders in creative environmental solutions within the courier sector. By August 2012, the company will be adding a further 100 propane-powered pickup and delivery vehicles to their already extensive road fleet. By autumn of 2012, DHL Express will have a collection of over 5,000 non-conventionally powered vehicles making up its worldwide parcel delivery network. This is a massive investment, not only in their effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the company, but also in recognition of the importance of doing so for the environment.

Greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by up to 25%

The 100 Ford-250 vans are being equipped with ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane gas (LPG) fuel systems. Propane gas is an extremely low-carbon fuel that has the capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25% – emissions of carbon monoxide by up to 60% and nitrogen oxide by 20%. Unlike conventional fuels, propane autogas hardly emits any particulate matter (a major component of air pollution). These new vehicles will support services operating in California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Texas. While these innovations are currently focussed on the US – as a massive landmass it is only natural that such trials should take place there – we are sure to see similar vehicles in Europe and the UK soon.

The propane gas suppliers, Roush CleanTech, are excited to be working in partnership with a worldwide parcel delivery company with such dedication to sustainable courier solutions. Joe Thompson, president of the company, said, “At ROUSH CleanTech, we are committed to new technologies that help businesses meet economic and sustainability goals using safe and domestically produced energy sources. DHL is internationally known for its green initiatives, and we’re thrilled to partner with them to deliver an alternative fuel solution that lowers operating costs and emissions without compromising vehicle performance.”

DHL are working towards their own goal of improving overall carbon efficiency

The addition of environmentally friendly delivery vehicles is also part of Deutsche Post DHL’s commitment to sustainability across the company. They are currently working towards their own goal of improving overall carbon efficiency by 30% by 2020. Per van, DHL expect to save more than 22,587 pounds of CO2 every year.

Ian Clough, CEO of DHL Express US, understands that their customers are becoming more interested in green options for their worldwide parcel delivery: “Customers in the US and worldwide are increasingly demanding greener logistics and sustainable business procedures.” In keeping with DHL’s own commitment to piloting new drive technologies and optimizing their fleet’s carbon efficiency, this worldwide parcel delivery company is helping their customers make the greener choice.

The fact is that alternative fuel solutions are a positive choice for both company and customer. Innovative approaches to reduce energy consumption can easily help courier companies reduce overheads, whilst ensuring more competitive prices for customers all around the globe. In a world where everyone is shopping for choice, courier providers need to make sure they cater to the needs of a new environmentally-conscious customer base.

Nicola Sanderson
About Nicola Sanderson
Nicola’s career in shipping spans almost three decades and as a director of one of the country’s leading logistics organisations her knowledge on all things related to the shipping industry is second to none. Nicola’s background working with major shipping lines and couriers means she is happy to answer questions across a full spectrum of issues affecting commercial and domestic deliveries.