Parcel shipping with GLS means sustainable shipping.

With GLS Klima Protect we deliver parcels climate-neutral through compensation, in Germany 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.

Hand in hand for sustainable shipping

GLS customers demand sustainable parcel logistics and are ready to take responsibility for climate protection.

GLS Germany Klima Protect emblem

Your Klima Protect emblem

With the Klima Protect emblem you can show that you as a GLS business customer value sustainable parcel shipping. You may use the emblem for your own communication.

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GLS Germany Klima Protect certificate

Your Klima Protect certificate

As a business customer, you can receive an annual Klima Protect certificate as proof of sustainable shipping. This way you can visibly prove your commitment to sustainable parcel shipping.

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Our investments in sustainability

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Klima Protect: Sustainable shipping based on two pillars

Compensating all of our emissions which cannot be avoided is one pillar, avoiding and continuously reducing is the other pillar of sustainable shipping.

We invest in sustainability

Our various investments in all company areas focus on energy efficiency, use of renewable energies and avoidance of negative impacts. Economy, ecology and social are in alignment.

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.

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.

GLS delivers emission-free in Leipzig

Emission-free delivery in Leipzig

We now use two thirds e-vehicles for deliveries to the Leipzig city area.

emission-free delivery in Konstanz

Efficient cooperation in Constanze

In Constance city centre, we cooperate with SÜDKURIER CityLogistik, deiivering parcels by eBike via this partnership.

Sustainbale logistics in Ludwigsburg

Sustainable logistics in Ludwigsburg

In Ludwigsburg, we are participating in a municipal pilot project to promote sustainable mobility for parcel delivery.


These projects ensure climate compensation

Our current climate protection projects in cooperation with ClimatePartner

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Karl Pfaff, Chairman of the Management Board GLS Germany

Sustainability is the foundation of GLS. And sustainability includes, above all, climate protection. We are very proud of what we have achieved so far and we will further strengthen our ambitions.

Dr. Karl Pfaff, Chairman of the Management Board GLS Germany

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Sustainable shipping with GLS

With GLS you send your parcels sustainably. In doing so, you not only make a contribution to environmental protection. As a business customer, you also bind customers to your company.

Our certifications

Transparent all round: we meet international standards and disclose environmental data. With the certifications of our environmental and quality management, our voluntary commitment in EcoVadis and the GPD certification, we demonstrate: We always want to get better.

Social responsibility

For us, sustainability also means assuming social responsibility. Here you can find out how we work for people and society.