Parcel shipping with GLS means sustainable shipping.
With GLS ClimateProtect we deliver parcels climate-neutral through compensation - in Austria as well as abroad. This means, that the greenhouse gas emissions caused by parcel transport and our other business activities are fully offset.
To achieve this, we support various certified climate protection projects in cooperation with ClimatePartner.
Climate-neutral shipping with GLS
Shipping with us means climate-neutral shipping. Doing that, you not only contribute to enviromental protection, but also bind your customers to your company.
Protecting the enviroment is becoming more and more important nowadays - not only in the private but also in the business sector, as not only customers expect more sustainability, but also demands placed on ourselves and our own company are constantly growing. A forceful step towards meeting these expectations is the CO2-neutral shipping of your parcels.
We are comitted in creating an organization that meets all the needs of the world around us. Our goal is to achieve economic sussess in a sustainable manner and in connection with the protection of our enviroment. Not only do we owe this to future generations, it is genuinely the least we can do for them.
Christian Schöninger, Managing Director at GLS Austria
Our investments in sustainability
Depots and infrastructure
We explicitly consider ecological and social aspects in all new buildings, replacements and extensions. For environmentally friendly equipment, we invest on a broad scale in modern, environmentally friendly techniques. The use of rainwater, photovoltaics, recyclable building materials, heat pumps as well as efficient lighting technology and thermally insulated buildings play an important role. In all GLS Germany locations we use 100% green electricity from renewable energy sources.
Transitioning the vehicle fleet towards eMobility
We aim to gradually switch the entire fleet to zero-emission and low-emission vehicles – our transport partners’ fleet as well as our own company car fleet.
Moreover, we establish the necessary charging infrastructure in our depots for the continuous electric vehicles transition.
Local micro depots
In order to optimize transport processes in city logistics and to promote emission-free delivery in city centers, we are setting up micro depots. From here, emission-free e-vehicles go on delivery tours. This saves transport routes, reduces noise and thus protects people and the environment.
Minimizing transport routes
To improve operating processes and transport routes, we count on state-of-the-art, IT-assisted planning instruments. This is how we manage to systematically minimize our transport routes and thus to avoid greenhouse gas emissions.
As a global parcel service, we are fully aware of our responsibility towards environment and society. Accordingly, we focus on environmental compatibility and future orientation with all purchases, be it in the area of facility management or company vehicles. We will continue to do so to create sustainable conditions for the future.
Clemens Prast, Director Finance & Administration at GLS Austria
Sustainable city logistics
Through innovative and smart solutions and the use of e-vehicles, we are actively relieving the stress on urban infrastructures and at the same time are reducing emissions throughout the last mile. In this regard we play a special pioneering role and are permanently increasing the number of our e-vehicles.
These projects ensure climate compensation
Depsite all efforts, an emission-free parcel logistics unfortunately can't be implemented at this point of time. For this reason, we have chosen in cooperation with CimatePartner four certified and internationally recognized climate projects in which we invest .
Project Wind Energy
promotes clean wind energy and community development
This project involves the construction and operation of a 40 MW wind turbine to generate clean electricity through wind power. In addition to contributing to climate protection and increasing the share of renewable energy in the grid, the project contributes to sustainable development: The population finds work in the operation and maintenance of the plant, while at the same time the local economy benefits from the improved electricity supply.
Project Forest Protection
Madre de Dios, Peru
protects an endangered Amazon region
The Madre de Dios region is home to numerous endangered animal and plant species as well as several indigenous peoples, some of them uncontacted. However, their valuable habitat is threatened by a road construction project across Brazil and Peru, combined with massive forest clearing. The project protects a 100,000-hectare area and helps local communities to manage it sustainably.
Project Forest Protection
prevents deforestation of the rainforest
The project on 148,000 hectares in the Brazilian Amazon helps to prevent illegal logging in the rainforest. It promotes and supports local people in the use of sustainable agroforestry techniques. In addition, villagers are trained as surveillance personnel who work in patrol teams to ensure the monitoring of the project area.
Project Solar Energy
improves energy supply and supports children
The Indian grid is almost exclusively powered by electricity from fossil fuels. In order to contribute more energy from renewable sources, a 100 MW solar power plant was commissioned in the village of Guttigoli as part of this project. The emission-free solar electricity is fed into the Indian grid and replaces electricity from fossil energy sources. In addition, the project helps to support surrounding schools with books, furniture and other infrastructure.
What does climate compensation mean?
Climate-neutral are companies, processes and products whose greenhouse gas emissions have been calculated and offset by supporting internationally recognized climate protection projects. Offsetting greenhouse gas emissions is an important step in holistic climate protection, alongside avoidance and reduction.
Which climate projects does GLS support?
The emissions caused by parcel transport and business activities along our whole value chain are offset by certified climate protection projects in cooperation with our compensation partner ClimatePartner. Currently we support four VCS/CCBS- and Gold Standard-certified projects in South America and India.
Why does GLS support projects abroad?
Climate protection projects require four criteria: Additionality, no double counting, permanent savings and regular independent verification.
The criteria of additionality is not met for many projects in the EU because various funding programmes already cover the economic aspects of e.g. the expansion of renewable energies.
Double counting can only be avoided if it is ensured that the savings of greenhouse gas emissions achieved by a project are not already counted elsewhere. Savings achieved in the EU are usually directly accounted towards a country's national greenhouse gas balance and thus only contribute to achieving the climate targets of the respective country and the EU.
The discrepancy between economic and climate-friendly decisions often seems insurmountable, nevertheless is essential to meet both requirements equally, as it is the only way to achive sustainability. Climate-neutral shipping unfortunately increased our costs and thus our prices. But even if it seems a lot at first sight and has a significant impact, in the long term it is an inevitable investment in the future of our planet.
Eberhard Thiele, Director Sales & Marketing