Inside Logistics

DHL offers carbon calculation

Customers can offset shipment's emissions

December 29, 2010
by MM&D staff

TORONTO: DHL’s Global Forwarding, Freight customers can now get a new carbon footprint report that provides an overview of CO2 emissions generated by their shipments per trade lane. Customers can also compensate those CO2 emissions by choosing a “carbon offsetting” option for their shipments.

“We want to give our customers the opportunity to design their own supply chain more environmentally friendly,” said Hermann Ude, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding, Freight. “An important first step in this direction is a reliable calculation of their CO2 emissions throughout the entire supply chain. CO2 will become a new currency, and we want to support our customers in creating their own balance sheet.”

The carbon footprint report considers a shipment’s weight, volume and route. Customers can get their report monthly, quarterly or annually. The report’s calculation method follows the principles of the World Resources Institute’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol and that of the World Economic Forum’s consignment-level carbon reporting.

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is an international accounting tool for governments and businesses to quantify and manage greenhouse gas emissions. The World Economic Forum’s guidelines aims to help consumers and businesses assess the carbon impact of transporting products and reduce their carbon use.

DHL Global Forwarding also allows customers to offset the carbon emissions produced by their shipment. Deutsche Post DHL calculates a shipment’s carbon emissions using fuel consumption during the transport and energy used for handling the shipment. Those emissions are then offset using emission certificates of external climate protection projects.