100% climate-neutral delivery with GLS KlimaProtect

Since 1 October 2019, GLS Germany has been delivering all parcels 100 percent climate neutrally. This applies both to parcels delivered in Germany and to parcels sent abroad. The CO2 emissions caused by the parcel transport and the business activities of GLS Germany are compensated annually through a certified project. GLS also invests in further measures.

For GLS, sustainable parcel logistics is part of its 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.

Reduce, avoid and offset emissions

GLS KlimaProtect is based on two pillars – on the one hand reduction and avoidance, on the other hand, offsetting of unavoidable emissions to achieve climate neutrality.
GLS is investing in a whole range of measures to this end.

Use of 100% sustainable electricity
Increased use of e-vehicles
Expansion of the charging infrastructure for e-vehicles
Driving forward zero-emission delivery in city centres
Establishment of micro depots near cities

In addition, we offset the emissions caused by our business activities in Germany (e.g. emissions from business trips, the depots and administrative buildings through electricity, heating, etc.). Compensation through reforestation and forest protection takes effect in the short term and is demonstrably effective.

GLS is working together with the non-profit association PRIMAKLIMA e.V. for this purpose and is compensating within the framework of a project certified to a very high standard (VCS/CCB Standard) in Indonesia.

Learn more about this topic here

GLS delivery with an electric cargo bike

Long-term involvement

GLS is aware of its environmental responsibility and has been involved in climate protection for ten years. In this context, GLS has been delivering parcels in many German cities with electric vehicles such as e-bikes and e-vans since 2016. In addition, there have been eco-friendly measures in new and renovated depots, such as electricity-saving LED lighting technology. Kilometres driven and capacities are also constantly being optimised by means of state-of-the-art IT.
Read more about our activities in our Sustainability Reports.

 GLS delivery driver delivers parcels for a business customer in a warehouse

Hand in hand for climate protection

GLS customers demand sustainable parcel logistics and are ready to take responsibility for climate protection. On request, GLS customers receive a GLS KlimaProtect certificate each year as evidence of CO2-neutral delivery. In their own communication, they can use the GLS KlimaProtect emblem to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable parcel logistics. We would be happy to support you in using the KlimaProtect emblem in your communication. Please contact your contact person in the GLS depot. Do you have questions about KlimaProtect? We will be happy to help you.

Sustainable city logistics

GLS is working on ways to ease the strain on urban infrastructure and reduce emissions on the last mile. Electric vehicles play a large role in this.
There are currently over 20 projects with more than 100 electric vehicles running throughout Germany.

GLS delivery woman on an electric bike on her delivery tour in Dusseldorf

The Düsseldorf model

One flagship project is the goal to provide zero-emission deliveries for all parcels to Düsseldorf city centre. GLS has set up a city depot at the Karstadt car park in addition to its nearby depot in Neuss.

The delivery drivers deliver parcels from the city depot during the day. Eight electric vans and two e-bikes are currently in operation in Düsseldorf. These enable zero-emission deliveries of around 1,500 parcels per day. This prevents about 40 tonnes of CO2 per year. In the future, GLS expects an increase to around 300 tonnes of CO2 savings in Düsseldorf.

KlimaProtect downloads

Here you can download relevant material such as the GLS KlimaProtect emblem.

Climate-neutral parcel shipping

GLS offers reliable parcel shipping - both national and international


GLS is fully aware of its special responsibility to the environment and to society.