DHL has new green initiative

Company spokesmen said that Deutsche Post DHL is the first logistics company in its industry “to set a clear and quantifiable environmental sustainability target.”

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DHL has announced the launch of a coordinated Lighting Retrofit Program at it’s Global Forwarding unit in the Americas region – as part of an aggressive interim target of five percent CO2 efficiency improvement by the end of 2010.  The program will initially be rolled out in the United States before expanding to Canada and Mexico.

As part of Deutsche Post DHL and its GoGreen climate protection program, DHL Global Forwarding has committed to improving it’s CO2 efficiency by 30 percent by 2020.
 
Company spokesmen said that Deutsche Post DHL is the first logistics company in its industry “to set a clear and quantifiable environmental sustainability target.”

In conventional warehousing an operations, the single largest source of electrical energy consumption is the lighting used within the facility.  A highly impactful carbon abatement strategy for facilities is therefore the implementation of energy efficient lighting setup and equipment.

The rollout of the lighting retrofit program at DHL Global Forwarding will start with operations in the United States.  The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania operation will be the first facility to undergo the lighting retrofit with Atlanta, Georgia, Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida to follow.  The San Juan, Puerto Rico operations is also planned in the initial rollout before expanding into Canada and Mexico; where assessments are already under way.

By the end of the year, five percent CO2 efficiently improvements for DHL Global Forwarding’s operations in the United States and Puerto Rico will be achieved with a utility cost reduction of 50 percent and a projected CO2 reduction of 52 percent.


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