SUSTAINABILITY IN SWEDEN
DHL Freight Sweden has signed up to the Swedish government’s “Fossilfritt Sverige” initiative, thus supporting the government’s goal of making Sweden one of the world’s first fossil-free welfare states.
For many years we have used a quality-assured system to monitor our own and our customers’ requirements towards suppliers. The system supplements our agreements to ensure that the carriers used by DHL maintain an acceptable level of service, comply with laws, and constantly improve their efforts in the fields of the environment, road safety, and the work environment.
Through follow-up of our subcontractors, can we also monitor the development of our carbon dioxide emissions, which shows a decrease of about 50 % per tonkm since 2008. Something we are very proud of.
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DHL is Sweden's most sustainable logistics company, according to the Nordic largest brand survey, Sustainable Brand Index B2B. DHL has, by our customers, been ranked as industry best in 2017 and 2018. We are extremely proud of the prestigious first place in the "Transport and Logistics" category.
At DHL we are actively working with sustainability issues throughout the organization and have a long-term vision of zero net emissions from our transport solutions. The key to successful sustainability is based on working with both customers and suppliers at local and global level. An example of this is our unique "Skicka Grönt" option that radically reduces fossil carbon emissions from transport in our Swedish network Skicka Grönt has already set about 200 vehicles with alternative climate-smart technology in the market.
Sustainable Brand Index B2B is the Nordic region's largest brand survey focused on sustainability. The study has investigated what decision makers in companies in Sweden with more than SEK 500 million in turnover consider stakeholders' sustainability efforts in different industries.
Our system monitors our subcontractors’ environmental efforts and collates data for the roughly 2,000 vehicles that use our domestic network on a daily basis. Each subcontractor records the for example EURO class and fuel type for each of their vehicles. Data is used for emissions calculations and it enables customer specific emissions reports.
Much of the freight we transport goes through our network of 26 terminals located the length and breadth of Sweden where it is loaded together with other goods. You could say it’s like public transport, but for freight. First, shipments in the local area are picked up and taken to the terminal where they are reloaded onto a larger (and more efficient) vehicle or train together with other shipments that are headed in the same direction. The shipments are reloaded once more at the destination terminal before being distributed together with other shipments within a limited geographical area. We’re committed to making this transport chain as efficient as possible and having high fill rates. Every night we work on optimizing our routes to keep the number of journeys to a minimum.
Together with our customers and suppliers, we’re constantly working to find more efficient and more sustainable transport solutions. We’d like to put more shipments on trains and so we have the objective for at least 10% of our total production to go by rail. We’d also like to reduce our impact on the climate by using longer vehicles than we do now, which offer a larger cargo volume. In this way, we’ll be able to remove up to a third of trailers from routes suited to longer vehicles, which will not only reduce our impact on the climate, but also congestion.
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Figures from Statistics Sweden show that since 2008, emissions of greenhouse gases from road traffic in Sweden have decreased by about 20%, this despite an increase of traffic on Swedish roads.
Since 2008, our absolute greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by about 35%. If we look at emissions per ton kilometer instead, the decrease is about 50%. A large part of this is due to DHL’s increased use of renewable fuels that now stand for 40% of our total fuel usage in the network.