Sustainable DHL
Because green transport is good transport

The climate is changing at a pace that demands action. As a company with global reach, DHL aims to create a positive climate movement. That’s why we’re fully committed to reducing our CO2 emissions by, for instance, building sustainably and only driving electric delivery vehicles in the near future.

DHL buids green sorting locations

Smart delivery network

Our CityHubs are all located on the outskirts of urban areas. Thanks to this dense network, we’re always close to recipients and can reduce the number of miles driven for deliveries. This is enabling us to electrify our fleet at a rapid pace. We’re also expanding the network and building 26 new and completely carbon-neutral hubs according to the BREEAM sustainability standards. We’re also encouraging our ServicePartners to become more sustainable – after all, joining forces is the best way to achieve impact!

DHL sustainable sorting center

Green locations

DHL Parcel is headed for an important destination: zero-emissions transport. That’s why we’re making sure our new locations are gas-free and run on solar energy. Our vehicles will also charge at charging stations. We’re rapidly making the existing locations more sustainable by installing LED lighting and setting up insect hotels for our tiny friends. Nobody’s left out!

DHL courier with electric vehicle

Green transport

We already have the largest electric fleet in the Netherlands, but we want to aim bigger. By 2025, we’ll drive zero-emissions vehicles for the last mile to consumers in the Netherlands. To achieve that, we’re making significant investments in our vehicle fleet. For example, our delivery vehicles, bicycles, and DHL StreetScooters (which we make ourselves) are all electric. Where necessary, we use hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as a biodegradable fuel.

Maximum reduction, full compensation

We’re working hard to reduce our emissions. Any CO2 we still emit is offset through our GoGreen offset program. We’re the only carrier to go the extra mile and offset emissions through the corporate GoGreen program as well as Land Life Company. After all, joining forces is the only way to achieve real change!

GoGreen: protect the climate

Our certified Gold Standard projects offset emissions while promoting economic growth in less developed countries. We’re also helping improve the lives of local people. One example comes from Lesotho (Africa), where we gave households Save80 stoves that require up to 80% less firewood. Cooking on these stoves not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also means that people are no longer exposed to harmful smoke when cooking.

Land Life Company: partner for forests

Of all plants, trees capture the most CO2. That’s why we’re investing in large-scale reforestation projects together with our reduction partner Land Life Company. This is good for biodiversity, restores important ecosystems, and provides both social and economic benefits for local communities. For 2021, we’re buying seedlings for 195,000 trees from local nurseries – equivalent to 280 hectares of fully restored land. The trees will remove 55,700 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, and the whole project will provide a total of 460 days of employment.

Making an impact together

Head of Business Development, Land Life Company

Sander Keulen

“DHL Parcel is showing real leadership by setting ambitious sustainability goals. We’re proud to join forces with such a forward-looking company. Together, we’re shaping a reforestation program with an enormous impact and making a real difference.”

Zero-emission logistics

Sustainability Manager, DHL Parcel

Marleen Nelemans

“DHL Parcel is committed to sustainability, and our biggest mission is to reduce our CO2 emissions. In the short term, by 2025, we’re aiming for our parcel deliveries to be zero-emissions. By 2050, we also want to have brought the carbon emissions of our global logistics down to zero.”

Trees For All: partner for trees

We also like to get coworkers and customers involved. Together with our partner Trees for All, we’re building DHL corporate forests both in the Netherlands – in Noord-Brabant and Limburg – and further afield in Uganda’s Kibale National Park and Ghana’s Bongo District. We’re taking every opportunity to expand our forest. For example, our employees can donate their leave hours and plant one or more trees. We regularly send our customers satisfaction surveys and plant a tree for every survey completed.

Certificates for Trees for All (Dutch)