GLS Germany stated that it will send all packages climate neutral from October 1 with GLS KlimaProtect. Martin Seidenberg, CEO of GLS Germany said: “We are now setting an example and will introduce 100% climate-neutral shipping from October, thus compensating around 160,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.”
GLS KlimaProtect is based on two pillars: compensation, reduction and avoidance. The emissions generated by the are compensated by certified afforestation projects. In addition, the company plans to invest in projects which should help in reducing and avoiding emissions. For example, in addition to the use of renewable energy, GLS will invest in expanding the charging infrastructure and emission-free delivery in inner cities.
Seidenberg added: “Climate-friendly delivery concepts require significant investments investment and higher costs. For example, e-vehicles usually have fewer load volumes and significantly lower ranges. Together with our customers we design a sustainable package logistics. Our customers will take part in the KlimaProtect scheme by contributing around 3.5% of the parcel price.”
Since 2008, GLS has bundled all measures for resource conservation and emission reduction in its ThinkGreen initiative. These include ecological measures for depot renewals and rebuilds, constant optimization of mileage and capacity utilization as well as sustainable city logistics solutions. For example, in 2016 GLS Germany used an eBike in Konstanz for the first time. Since then, other cities and vehicle types have been added, for example eVans and eScooter. There are currently more than 20 projects in Germany with around 100 e-vehicles. Climate-neutral shipping via the ThinkGreenService has been available since 2011.