DHL Express increases carbon efficiency in Asia Pacific despite volume surge

.Industry leader posts double-digit percentage improvement for second consecutive year

Bengaluru, August 11 2011:

DHL, the world's leading logistics company, announced double-digit improvements with CO2 efficiency up 14.1 per cent compared to 2009 for its Express division in Asia Pacific. Despite market recovery leading to a surge in shipping volumes throughout the region, the results of the company's carbon accounting process demonstrated an increase in its carbon efficiency across Asia-Pacific. Although total emissions rose due to volume increases, efficiency targets were met as a result of DHL's region-wide GoGreen program.

DHL was the first global logistics provider to set quantified CO2 efficiency targets under its GoGreen program. DHL Express Asia Pacific started the assessment of its carbon footprint from energy consumption in real estate and ground transport to measure and improve carbon efficiency through abatement programs. This program was first introduced by DHL Express in 2008 and now covers over 1,000 facilities in 27 markets across Asia-Pacific.

Jerry Hsu, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific, said: "As the world's leading express company, DHL is committed to improving the carbon efficiency of its operations and those of its transport subcontractors by 30 per cent by 2020, compared to 2007. In 2010, DHL Express exceeded the level of our intermediate 10 per cent target for own operations by holding fast to DHL's GoGreen program in the face of increasing volumes due to market recovery. Through region-wide initiatives such as optimizing delivery routes, using clean fuels and consolidating facilities, DHL Express in Asia Pacific managed to maintain double-digit efficiency targets despite a 10 per cent increase in total CO2 emissions. DHL's commitment to sustainability is making a difference and for 2011, we will continue to push harder for even more savings internally and for our clients."

As with last year's results, DHL Express India and Blue Dart - an integrated express package distribution company under the DHL Group that delivers to over 27,005 locations in India - contributed to the efficiency improvement. In 2010, DHL Express India achieved 6.0 per cent improvement in carbon efficiency despite total CO2 increasing by 13.6 per cent as the economy boomed. Blue Dart posted an improvement of 6.5 per cent year-on-year driven by stronger volumes, despite CO2 increasing by 18.5 per cent in 2010 versus 2009. Despite increases in fuel consumption, carbon efficiencies were achieved by switching to cleaner fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

The improvements in CO2 efficiency for DHL Express India and Blue Dart's operations is impressive as the business already registered significant increases in CO2 efficiencies in 2009 due to abatement measures put in place. DHL Express India achieved a massive 29% improvement in 2009, and Blue Dart achieved 10% improvement in the same year.

Malcolm Monteiro, Senior Vice President & Area Director, South Asia, DHL Express, said: "The results of 2010 carbon accounting process demonstrate that in addition to the significant improvements in 2009, we have been successful in continuing to find ways to further improve our carbon efficiency. In India, at both DHL Express and Blue Dart, ground fleet carbon emissions are being cut through replacement vehicles that use alternative fuels as well as the deployment of new technology such as Blue Dart Smart Truck which optimizes route planning and capacity. Successfully operational in Europe, Blue Dart Smart Truck will hit the road in Bangalore this month as the first emerging market pilot kicks off. As well as helping us upgrade services, Blue Dart Smart Truck cuts journey lengths and miles traveled, minimizing carbon footprint for courier deliveries and pick-ups."

DHL operates more than 1,100 alternative vehicles such as e-vehicles running on alternative fuels and there are over 2,000 vehicles and trailers that have undergone electronic or aerodynamic modifications, such as an 18-tonne hybrid truck which has an aerodynamic trailer. DHL Express was the first global logistics company to offer carbon neutral shipping service: DHL GOGREEN Carbon Neutral calculates the carbon emissions generated by each shipment and offsets these emissions by reinvesting in recognized climate protection projects such as hydropower, biomass or wind energy. Globally, DHL successfully shipped more than 1.7 billion GOGREEN shipments in 2010, offsetting 82,000 tonnes of CO2 for customers.

About DHL

The Logistics company for the world DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and "The Logistics company for the world". DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 275,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 51 billion euros in 2010.

About Blue Dart

Blue Dart Express Ltd., South Asia's premier courier, and integrated express package Distribution Company, offers secure and reliable delivery of consignments to over 27,005 locations in India. As part of the DHL Group (DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding & DHL Supply Chain), Blue Dart accesses the largest and most comprehensive express and logistics network worldwide, covering over 220 countries and offers an entire spectrum of distribution services including air express, freight forwarding supply chain solutions and customs clearance.

The Blue Dart team drives market leadership through its motivated people force, dedicated air and ground capacity, cutting-edge technology, wide range of innovative, vertical specific products and value-added services to deliver unmatched standards of service quality to its customers. Blue Dart's market leadership is further validated by numerous awards and recognitions from customers for exhibiting reliability, superior brand experience and sustainability. Some of these include SUPERBRAND and 'Reader's Digest Most Trusted Brand Gold Award' 6 years in a row, one of 'India's Best Companies to Work For' by The Great Place to Work® Institute twice successively, Organization with Innovative HR Practices 2009-10 and Best Employer Award on Employee Retention at the Global HR Excellence Awards, BSE Best CSR Practice Award and 22nd CFBP Jamnalal Bajaj Fair Business Practices Award - 2010 in the category of Service Enterprises (Medium) to name a few.

Blue Dart accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection (Go Green), disaster management (Go Help) and education (Go Teach). Apart from various other initiatives in Sustainability, in an effort to reducing its carbon footprint, Blue Dart registered an improvement on CO2 efficiency by 10% year-on-year.

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