From carbon neutral to climate neutral
We have been offering customers carbon-neutral mail, parcel and express delivery since 2006. Customers who take advantage of our GOGREEN delivery services are guaranteed that the emissions generated by the transport, warehousing and handling of their items are fully offset through contributions to internationally recognized climate protection projects around the world. We transported a total of 2.365 billion climate-neutral shipments in 2013 (previous year: 2.415 billion). Despite a decrease of shipments in the letter business, significant growth was seen in the shipments of parcel (from 157 to 175 million) and express (from 4 to 9 million) items. We continued to develop our project in Lesotho in the reporting year. As part of this project, we distribute high-efficiency stoves, which reduce the amount of firewood necessary for cooking and as a result, reduce environmentally harmful emissions.
Emissions offset through the GOGREEN climate-neutral delivery service (CO2 in tonnes)
After enhancing our green product portfolio in the reporting year, all GOGREEN products will have graduated from carbon neutral to “climate neutral” as of January 2014. The calculation methodology for our climate neutral services is based on the product standard “Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Lifecycle Accounting and Reporting”, often referred to as the “GHG Protocol for Products”. In fulfillment of the standard, in addition to carbon emissions, all other relevant greenhouse gas emissions will also be offset.
Upstream emissions associated with the extraction, processing and transport of energy and fuel will also be included in the climate neutral offset service. These enhancements expand the scope of our climate-neutral products, increase the amount of emissions we can offset through the sale of these products, and make GOGREEN even “greener” as we move into 2014. For our customers, this makes it possible to increase their own contribution to environmental protection.