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 the end of 2023, we will make the last-mile delivery to the Dutch consumer completely fossil-free. 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!

An Honorable GoGreen Certificate

From January 1, 2021, all of DHL’s parcel shipments to consumers in the Netherlands have been climate neutral. And from 2022, this has applied to all shipments! That includes all shipments outside of the Netherlands and all shipments to business recipients. As a business sender, you support Gold Standard-certified projects and actively contribute to large-scale nature restoration within Europe. My DHL Parcel shows you by default how much CO2 you have emitted and offset each month. Every year, you will receive an SGS-validated certificate that shows your total carbon offset and which carbon offset projects we have invested in together. It’s something to be proud of, something to inspire you and others. Because together, we are making the difference.

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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

Together with Land Life Company, we are committed to nature restoration. Our investments in large-scale European reforestation projects are actively removing CO2 from the atmosphere while restoring biodiversity and ecosystems. The projects also provide social and economic benefits to the local community. In the current planting season (2021-2022), we are planting approximately 400,000 trees over 260 hectares of land, removing a total of 55,700 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. This is equivalent to the emissions of all parcel deliveries to households in the Netherlands in 2021. From 2022, DHL Parcel will compensate all shipments.

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)