Environmental protection

At GLS, we care about our effect on the world around us. Every parcel and its related logistics and transport processes have an impact on natural resources and cause emissions. We want to continue in our mission of connecting people around the world whilst protecting the environment for future generations. Therefore, climate and environmental protection are central components of our sustainability activities.

We launched our Group-wide environmental strategy Climate Protect, aiming to maximise our impact on environmental protection and ensure that knowledge and efforts are shared and executed on across our entire international network. Climate Protect is based on two pillars – reduction and avoidance of emissions wherever possible and compensation of emissions that cannot be avoided.

Climate Protect measures

GLS Group has been actively seeking and implementing ways to reduce our environmental impact, as have our local transport partners.
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.

Electric vehicles
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.

Transport planning
Transport planning

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.

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.