Ambitious & Realistic: Our climate protection target
We have set an ambitious climate protection target of improving our carbon efficiency by 30% by the year 2020, as compared to 2007. In concrete terms, this means a 30% reduction in emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases emitted for every letter and every parcel delivered, every tonne of cargo transported and every square meter of warehouse space across our operations as compared to 2007 levels. This target includes not only the emissions generated directly by our own business activities, i.e. mail and parcel delivery, cargo transport, business travel and warehouse operations, but also the emissions of greenhouse gases generated by our transport subcontractors.
Reaching our 2020 target will require us to reduce our relative greenhouse gas emissions, meaning the emissions per item transported. Priority measures are those with the greatest potential for improving our carbon efficiency.
We move goods through the air, across the water, by rail and along the world’s roads and highways. Each of these transport modes accounts for a different proportion of our overall greenhouse gas emissions. The greatest share comes from our air transport, offering in turn the greatest potential for efficiency improvements. We therefore invest in the modernization of our air fleet and are continually optimizing our routes and utilization as a way to increase the carbon efficiency of our air transport.
We have continually made progress towards our climate protection goal over the past several years. In 2010, we reached our first interim target of a 10% efficiency increase, two years ahead of schedule. By 2012, we were more than half way there, having already improved our carbon efficiency by 16% compared to the 2007 baseline. In the reporting year, we managed to improve our overall carbon efficiency by 18% compared to 2007.