DHL launches carbon neutral shipping service for Canadian businesses

by Canadian Shipper

Toronto, ON–DHL Express Canada has launched its GOGREEN service, a carbon-neutral shipping service the company says enables Canadian businesses of all sizes to ship their goods internationally without leaving an environmental footprint. The service is available from anywhere in Canada to more than 220 countries around the world.

“What makes the GOGREEN service unique and appealing to Canadian businesses is the ability and simplicity it provides local companies to manage, monitor and offset their carbon footprint, all in a seamless automated process,” said Mathieu Floreani, President, DHL Express Canada.

To provide a carbon-neutral shipment, DHL calculates to the nearest gram the carbon emissions generated by transporting each customer’s shipment from country of origin to destination. DHL then offsets these emissions by reinvesting in certified carbon management programs such as reforestation and alternative energy projects. These carbon-offset credits are issued directly to the companies that use GOGREEN via a carbon offset certificate. The carbon offset and credit process is monitored and verified by third-party Société Général de Surveillance SA (SGS), an independent certification organization.

In 2008 alone DHL said its GOGREEN service offset 16,200 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of planting 90,000 trees.

DHL’s GOGREEN is the first in a series of environmentally friendly initiatives the company is planning to introduce. DHL Express Canada recently underwent  an extensive re-routing exercise in an effort to maximize fuel efficiency for the entire DHL fleet of vehicles in Canada.  Additionally, the company said it is working with environmental protection organizations to further its ecological investments in Canadian foresting and land-protection projects.
“DHL plays a leading role on a global scale in promoting economic and environmental sustainability and we are carrying the same commitment here in Canada,” said Andrew Williams, Vice President, Commercial with DHL Express Canada. 

DHL, which offers the GOGREEN carbon-neutral shipping service in more than 25 countries around the world, was also chosen to be the official logistics partner providing carbon neutral logistics services for the UN Climate Conference 2009 in Copenhagen this December.


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