Protecting our environment is a guiding principle at GLS and one that is brought to life by employees across the Group.
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.
Across all GLS national subsidiaries, Environmental Officers ensure the implementation of Group-wide environmental protection measures.
GLS testing sustainable delivery by e-van in Lille
Since mid November, GLS has been testing parcel delivery by electric van in the centre of Lille, especially in the old town. This green delivery method is one aspect of many GLS projects that are currently being carried out at European level. For this reason, GLS France has launched a new initiative in which the transport partners responsible for the regions of Lille, Calais and Compiègne have been introduced to several electric vehicles. GLS France opted for the eTGE model by MAN, which is renowned for its excellent reliability in the transport sector.
GLS Netherlands delivers parcels emissions-free
GLS Netherlands starts with fully sustainable parcel delivery in four Dutch city centres. In Apeldoorn, The Hague, Utrecht and Zwolle electric-powered vehicles are operating. GLS Netherlands also strengthens its commitment to the environment by participating in the Lean & Green programme.
GLS Germany sends all parcels in a climate-neutral manner
GLS Germany will provide CO2-neutral delivery of all parcels from 1 October 2019, with all emissions generated from parcel transport offset in full. At the same time, GLS is investing in measures to reduce and prevent emissions.
GLS is committed to green parcel shipping across the Group through targeted measures. The aims are to use resources as efficiently as possible and to optimise processes.
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.
Increased use of electric vehicles
GLS is increasingly turning to alternative delivery methods, with natural gas vehicles, battery-powered vehicles, scooters, cargo trikes and even in-line skates all used to deliver parcels. These vehicles reduce our emissions and complement our existing fleet.
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.
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.