ThinkGreen – environmental protection

Acting responsibly


Protecting our environment is a key principle at GLS, and employees throughout Europe put it into practice each day.

In 2008 GLS launched its ThinkGreen initiative to coordinate and actively promote the various environmental activities within the GLS Group.

The aims of the initiative:

  • responsible use of resources
  • reduction of emissions
  • optimisation of waste disposal

Environmentally-conscious thoughts and actions pervade all areas of the company – from transportation planning to buildings and individual workplaces.

All European GLS companies have local environmental representatives. They are responsible for the implementation of group-wide environmental protection measures, collect the data for the eco footprint evaluation, and act as main contact for the Group´s Corporate Responsibility department.

Alternative means of delivery – sustainability on the last mile

More than 90 % of the CO2 emissions of the GLS Group result from parcel transports – each working day, we drive a distance that spans the earth more than 100 times. Our ecological footprint depends as much on optimal route planning, maximised capacity utilisation, and improved delivery at the first attempt, as it does on our choice of vehicles.

Therefore, GLS increasingly relies on alternative means of delivery: engines using natural gas, battery electric vehicles, scooters, cargo bikes and even inline skates are being used for parcel deliveries. These vehicles reduce our emissions and complement our existing vehicle fleet.

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Eco footprint

GLS records and monitors its progress in environmental protection on a regular basis. Since 2008/2009, it carries out a group-wide eco footprint evaluation in which data on emissions, resource consumption and waste disposal is gathered. The method used for calculating emissions corresponds to the ISO 14064-1 standard and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

ThinkGreen Eco footprint

Environmental management: Certified to ISO 14001

The environmental management system of GLS helps to implement the measures drawn up as part of the ThinkGreen initiative and achieve the set goals. In 2011, the environmental management system has been certified according to the ISO 14001 standard for the first time – in Austria, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Meanwhile, all European GLS subsidiaries have achieved certification for the upgraded 2015 standards, with the exception of Italy, which has been certified to the 2004 standard.

ISO & GDP certification