Standardized products

EN 19

Carbon Reports for transparency on carbon footprint

Our Carbon Report products provide customers with detailed information about their transport and logistics-related greenhouse gas emissions. These calculations are based on the GHG Product Standard and verified annually by the external auditor SGS. In addition to standardized report formats, customers from our Express and Global Forwarding, Freight divisions also have the option of using the Carbon Dashboard, an interactive reporting tool that also allows customers to simulate efficiency scenarios.

In 2016 our Carbon Report products recorded a total of 4.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. The greatest demand for these products is among customers in our Global Forwarding, Freight division, which showed a slight decrease in reported emissions in the reporting year. The amount of emissions reported in the Express division, on the other hand, increased.

In the reporting year we developed and verified a new product in line with our calculation standards and requirements. The DHL Carbon Calculator is a free online application that allows customers in the Global Forwarding, Freight and Supply Chain divisions to calculate transport-related emissions for almost all shipment sizes and modes of transport using real data.

Climate neutral products offset emissions

With our climate neutral GoGreen products, customers can offset their transport and logistics-related greenhouse gas emissions. The methods used for calculating and offsetting emissions are also based on the GHG Product Standard and verified annually by the external auditor SGS.

We offset the emissions through external climate protection projects in the area of energy efficiency, renewable energy and reforestation – the majority of which are Gold Standard certified. This also includes our own climate protection project in Lesotho, which involves the distribution and use of efficient stoves that use up to 80% less firewood. In the reporting year our project was the first to be certified under the new Fairtrade Climate Standard. This additional certification also recognizes the social value of the project and includes an additional Fairtrade Premium of €1 per carbon credit, which is paid directly to the village communities to be invested in local climate adaptation initiatives. In the reporting year we were able to verify 4,000 cookstove users, successfully certifying 10,076 carbon credits under the Fairtrade Climate Standard.

We transported close to two billion climate-neutral shipments in the reporting year. The amount of emissions offset through climate neutral shipments and logistics services remained at the prior-year level of more than 253,000 tonnes of CO2e. The greatest demand for climate neutral products is among customers in our Post - eCommerce - Parcel and Express divisions.

A multi-year overview can be found in the Annex of this report.