Staying focused on what’s important: 30% efficiency
In 2008, with the launch of our GoGreen program, we were the first global logistics company to set a quantified efficiency target: To improve the carbon efficiency of our own business operations as well as the efficiency of subcontracted transport by 30% by 2020 compared to 2007 levels.
Development of carbon efficiency
2 Main reference base: CO2e per tonne-km or tonnes of handled shipment.
3 Main reference base: CO2e per tonne-km or TEU (20-foot equivalent units)-km.
4 Change in main reference base: Instead of measuring CO2e by revenue after adjusting for inflation, we now measure CO2e per square meter of warehouse space and CO2e by revenue from transportation services after adjusting the inflation.
In the reporting year, we managed to improve our overall Carbon Efficiency Index by 2 points, achieving an index value of 82 (previous year: 84). This means that compared to the 2007 baseline, we have improved our carbon efficiency by 18% putting us well on track to achieving our 2020 target of 30%.
The main drivers behind this improvement are network efficiency gains in the EXPRESS division as well as improvements made in the GLOBAL FORWARDING, FREIGHT division’s ocean freight business. In our MAIL division, efficiency improvements were primarily driven by air and road transport optimizations made in its Global Mail business and by the switch to green electricity in the USA. At the same time, the efficiency of the division’s German domestic mail and parcel business decreased through parcel business growth, delivery quality improvements and a longer heating period.
The EXPRESS division saw significant carbon efficiency improvements, which were driven by continued air fleet renewal and a high utilization of its own network. Additional drivers include an increased usage of green electricity and the divestment of businesses with inefficient road operations.
Despite continued efficiency losses in the air freight industry, the GLOBAL FORWARDING, FREIGHT division was able to improve its overall carbon efficiency thanks to strong efficiency gains resulting from the use of slow steaming and newer vessels.
As for our SUPPLY CHAIN division, carbon efficiency worsened despite continued improvements made in its warehousing business and an overall increase in the use of renewable energy. This negative development is due to increased emissions in its transport services.