EPA Recognizes Environmental Achievements Of DHL Express USA
Blog Entry by Gina-Marie Cheeseman in Corporate Social Responsibility
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 5:30pm
(3BL/JustMeans) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized DHL Express USA , a logistics company that is part of Deutsche Post DHL, by awarding the company with a SmartWay Excellence Award. One of 55 companies to receive the award, the EPA recognized DHL for the company’s initiatives to reduce fuel use and carbon emissions. SmartWay is a recognition program that awards leading shippers, logistics companies and freight carriers that have environmental programs in place to make their freight operations more efficient. The awardees represent the top one percent of all SmartWay Partners, and DHL is the only medium/small package carrier to be awarded.
The transport industry is responsible for 13 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, so DHL focuses its efforts to “green” its operations on improving its carbon efficiency. The goal of the company’s global GoGreen program is to improve the company’s carbon efficiency worldwide by 30 percent by 2020, compared to 2007 base levels. One of the ways that the company improves its carbon efficiency is by introducing alternative fuel vehicles. By the end of the year, DHL Express will have replaced over 50 percent of its pick-up and delivery fleet worldwide with vehicles that are more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly.
Last year, DHL Express USA introduced pick-up and delivery vehicles that run on 100 percent liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), also known as propane autogas. Each of the LPG vehicles saves over 22,587 pounds of carbon emissions a year. LPG vehicles reduce GHGs by up to 25 percent, carbon monoxide by up to 60 percent, nitrogen oxide by 20 percent and almost eliminates particulate matter. By the end of 2012 there were about 350 LPG vehicles at the company’s operations in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas.
The DHL global fleet has over 4,000 vehicles that are either powered by alternative fuels or have been modified to improve fuel efficiency. Since 2011, DHL Express has operated an all green fleet of commercial delivery vehicles in Manhattan consisting of 50 hybrid vans and 30 battery-powered electric trucks. DHL’s fleet in England is fitted with 1,001 aerodynamic “teardrop” trailers, and it has 22 trucks in the U.S. that run on natural gas. Last year, DHL introduced the world’s first “range extender” truck that has an all electric drive system powered by a diesel engine which generates electricity. The truck reduces fuel consumption by over 20 percent. DHL also introduced an electric-powered commercial vehicle for its combined delivery service last year.
Another way that DHL is improving its carbon efficiency is through carbon neutral shipping. Last year, DHL Express introduced carbon neutral shipping in the U.S. Customers that ship with recyclable DHL Express Envelopes can reduce the environmental impact of their shipping activities. DHL calculates the carbon emissions associated with the handling and transport of every DHL Express Envelope and then offsets the impact of those emissions by investing in recognized climate protection projects. The program is verified every year by the independent audit company, Société Générale de Surveillance. Carbon neutral service is available from the U.S. to over 220 countries and territories around the globe.
Photo: Graham Richardson