Protecting our environment is a guiding principle

In 2008, GLS launched its ThinkGreen environmental initiative in order to coordinate and proactively foster the diverse array of activities within the GLS Group.

The objectives: responsible handling of resources, the reduction of emissions and the optimisation of waste disposal.

We think and act in an environmentally friendly manner in all areas of the company: from transport planning and buildings through to individual workplaces.

2008

GLS Group launches ThinkGreen initiative.

2008

GLS Group launches ThinkGreen initiative.

2009

GLS does its first Group-wide eco-footprint.

2009

GLS does its first Group-wide eco-footprint.

2011

GLS Germany introduces the ThinkGreenService and starts its cooperation with PRIMAKLIMA e.V.

2011

GLS Germany introduces the ThinkGreenService and starts its cooperation with PRIMAKLIMA e.V.

2014

The first GLS Group CR Report is published.

2014

The first GLS Group CR Report is published.

2015

GLS Germany implements LED lightning technology in its locations.

2015

GLS Germany implements LED lightning technology in its locations.

2016

In the German city of Konstanz delivery with an e-bike starts.

2016

In the German city of Konstanz delivery with an e-bike starts.

2018

The first e-vans are being used for delivering parcels in Germany.

2018

The first e-vans are being used for delivering parcels in Germany.

2019

GLS KlimaProtect programme starts in Germany.

2019

GLS KlimaProtect programme starts in Germany.

ThinkGreen measures

GLS is committed to green parcel shipping across the Group through targeted measures.
Our goals are to use resources as efficiently as possible and to optimise processes.
Vehicles
Conversion of the vehicle fleet

GLS is increasing fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. All vehicles in the fleet – i.e. those used by our transport partners and the in-house fleet of company cars – are gradually being replaced with more eco-friendly models.

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Electric vehicles
Increased use of electric vehicles

In 2016, GLS launched delivery by e-bike in Konstanz. We are now using more and more electric vehicles in German city centres. Whether e-bikes in Berlin and Hamburg, electric scooters in Herne or electric vans in Dusseldorf and Nuremberg: see the GLS electric vehicle fleet in action.

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Transport planning
Journey minimisation

GLS uses state-of-the-art, IT-assisted planning instruments to improve operating processes and transport routes. Journey lengths are systematically minimised through optimised route planning.

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Locations
Green construction

GLS builds in an eco-friendly way, with environmental aspects explicitly factored into new builds, replacement buildings and extension projects. The use of rainwater, photovoltaic technology, recyclable building materials and heat pumps plays a vital role.

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GLS KlimaProtect

For GLS, sustainable parcel logistics is part of daily business – future-oriented and accompanied by various measures for environmental protection. The responsibility for climate protection is becoming increasingly important. With GLS KlimaProtect a further sign is set.

Since October 2019 GLS Germany delivers all parcels 100 percent climate neutral. This applies to parcels delivered in Germany as well as to parcels sent abroad. The CO2 emissions caused by parcel transport and the business activities of GLS Germany are compensated annually through a certified project. GLS also invests in measures to reduce and avoid emissions.