Emissions

PwC EN 15, EN 16, EN 17

30

%

carbon efficiency achieved

In the reporting year we met our climate target of improving our
carbon efficiencyA ratio index used by Deutsche Post DHL Group to manage the greenhouse gas emissions of its business operations, whereby emissions resulting from fuel and energy consumption are assessed in relation to services rendered (e.g. quantities/volumes of letters, parcels, pallets or containers).
by 30% over 2007 levels – this target was originally set for 2020. We have now set our sights on another ambitious goal: We want to reduce all transport-related emissions to net zero by 2050 and make an important contribution to the two-degree goal established at the 2015 UN Paris Climate Conference (COP 21). We have established four strategic interim goals to help turn this vision into reality – two of these goals have a direct impact on our emissions. By 2025 we want to have increased our carbon efficiency over 2007 levels by 50%. We also want to reduce local air pollutant emissions by operating 70% of our own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions.

Our environmental reporting covers greenhouse gas emissions as well as local air pollutants. The reporting of both our emissions and efficiency improvements adhere to or are based on recognized and proven calculation methods.

  • Our own greenhouse gas emissions are calculated based on guidelines provided by the Greenhouse Gas ProtocolThe Greenhouse Gas Protocol is a guideline designed to assist companies in calculating their greenhouse gas emissions. The following GHG Protocol standards are applied in our carbon accounting: “Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard” (Scope 1), “Scope 2 Guidance Accounting and Reporting Standard”, and “Corporate Value Chain Accounting and Reporting Standard” (Scope 3)., the DIN EN 16258European standard for the calculation of greenhouse gases in logistics. standard and the Global Logistics Emissions Council, as well as requirements outlined by the European Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS).
  • Carbon efficiency, the central metric used to manage our global climate protection activities, is measured in our Carbon Efficiency Index (CEX).
  • The emissions produced by our own fleet are also calculated using the methodologies of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and are based on national and international fleet averages.

In contrast to greenhouse gas emissions, there are already extensive legal standards and requirements in place for air pollutants and noise, such as the European Union's exhaust emissions standards or noise pollution regulations – standards which we always meet and often surpass.

In 2016 we were once again recognized for our strategic approach to sustainability and transparency regarding greenhouse gas emissions.