DHL’s German customers can cut GHG emissions by using GoGreen Plus International
DHL has announced that private customers sending small packages and parcels from Germany to Australia, Israel and the US can now actively avoid GHG emissions by using the GoGreen Plus International service.
By booking this chargeable service, they ensure that the average emissions generated by their shipment are avoided through the use of sustainable aviation fuel in freight aircraft operated in the DHL Group logistics network.
While the service is currently only available for these three countries, it could be expanded to other air freight destinations with sufficient customer acceptance and demand.
In a statement issued today (28 July), Benjamin Rasch, Chief Marketing Officer, Post & Parcel Germany, said: “Making our logistics network and our product portfolio more environmentally friendly remains our overarching goal in view of advancing climate change. With GoGreen Plus, we are the first logistics services provider to offer private customers shipping international packages and parcels the chance to play a more active role in avoiding greenhouse gas emissions.”
With the basic GoGreen service, the emissions generated in transporting a shipment are compensated for (offset) through investments in climate protection projects in countries worldwide. With GoGreen Plus, the additional amount customers pay when booking the service is used to avoid GHG emissions from the outset through insetting measures.
This means that with its GoGreen Plus service for shipments of international packages and parcels, DHL ensures that the amount charged to customers is fully invested in emission reduction measures, and especially in purchasing sustainable aviation fuel.
The greenhouse gas emissions generated in shipping a parcel depend on its weight and the distance flown.
DHL said that it purchases and uses the quantity of sustainable aviation fuel needed to avoid the emissions caused by the customer’s shipment.
“For example,” said DHL,”avoiding the emissions generated in shipping a small package to Israel would cost just €0.87, while avoiding (insetting) the emissions for a 5 kg parcel shipped to Australia would cost €15.99. Currently, the costs for sustainable aviation fuel are three to four times higher than those for conventional aviation fuel. That difference is reflected in the prices shown.”
Furthermore, effective from the start of July, GoGreen Plus is now automatically included free of charge for all domestic registered and priority mail sent with Deutsche Post. This means that the greenhouse gas emissions for these mail items are avoided at source through insetting measures implemented in the DHL Group logistics network.