100% climate-neutral delivery with GLS KlimaProtect

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From 1 October 2019, GLS will deliver all parcels in Germany in a 100% climate-neutral way. Around 160,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions each year are being offset through certified procedures. GLS is also investing in additional measures.

Sustainable parcel logistics is part of GLS’ daily business – future-oriented and accompanied by various measures to protect the environment. Taking responsibility for climate protection is becoming increasingly important. GLS KlimaProtect is another demonstration of that commitment.

Offset, reduce and avoid emissions

KlimaProtect is based on two pillars – offsetting on the one hand and reduction and avoidance on the other. Offsetting by planting trees takes effect quickly and is proven to work. In this context, GLS works together with the organisation PrimaKlima as part of certified projects (Gold or VCS Standard).

Learn more about this topic here .

Emissions are also to be reduced and avoided. GLS is investing in a whole range of measures to this end. These include:

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

You can find more information about the measures here .

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 Report.

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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.

Do you have questions about KlimaProtect? We will be happy to help you.

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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.

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 at least 19 tonnes of CO2 per year.

GLS is looking to produce its own energy in the future to ensure sustainable power supply for its electric vehicles. A photovoltaic system along with the corresponding storage technology is set to be in place at the Neuss depot by 2020.

Commitment to the environment and climate protection

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