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Private customers sending small packages and parcels from Germany to Australia, Israel and the US can now actively avoid greenhouse gas emissions when shipping with DHL

07/28/2023, 10:00 AM CEST

DHL ensures that the amount charged to customers is fully invested in emission reduction measures, and especially in purchasing sustainable aviation fuel.

GoGreen Plus
DHL Group Airplane
  • Booking the chargeable GoGreen Plus International service means DHL uses sustainable aviation fuel for a growing number of air freight flights in the DHL Group network 
  • DHL aims to test market acceptance - expansion to other countries could follow
  • With GoGreen Plus, the greenhouse gas emissions generated in transporting shipments are actively avoided within the DHL network at source
  • As of July 1, GoGreen Plus is now automatically included for all domestic registered and priority mail sent with Deutsche Post

Bonn - Effective immediately, private customers can book the 'GoGreen Plus International' option in the DHL Online Franking portal for their packages and parcels from Germany to Australia, Israel and the US. By using this chargeable service, they ensure that the average emissions generated by their shipment are avoided through the use of sustainable aviation fuel in freight aircraft operated in the DHL Group logistics network. While the service is currently only available for these three countries, it could be expanded to other air freight destinations with sufficient customer acceptance and demand.

Explains Benjamin Rasch, Chief Marketing Officer, Post & Parcel Germany: "Making our logistics network and our product portfolio more environmentally friendly remains our overarching goal in view of advancing climate change. With GoGreen Plus, we are the first logistics services provider to offer private customers shipping international packages and parcels the chance to play a more active role in avoiding greenhouse gas emissions."

With the basic GoGreen service, the emissions generated in transporting a shipment are compensated for (offset) through investments in climate protection projects in countries worldwide. With GoGreen Plus, the additional amount customers pay when booking the service is used to avoid greenhouse gas emissions from the outset through insetting measures. This means that with its GoGreen Plus service for shipments of international packages and parcels, DHL ensures that the amount charged to customers is fully invested in emission reduction measures, and especially in purchasing sustainable aviation fuel. 

The greenhouse gas emissions generated in shipping a parcel depend on its weight and the distance flown. DHL purchases and uses the quantity of sustainable aviation fuel needed to avoid the emissions caused by the customer's shipment. For example, avoiding the emissions generated in shipping a small package to Israel would cost just EUR 0.87, while avoiding (insetting) the emissions for a 5 kg parcel shipped to Australia would cost EUR 15.99. Currently, the costs for sustainable aviation fuel are three to four times higher than those for conventional aviation fuel. That difference is reflected in the prices shown.

As of July 1, 2023, furthermore, GoGreen Plus is now automatically included free of charge for all domestic registered and priority mail sent with Deutsche Post. This means that the greenhouse gas emissions for these mail items are avoided at source through insetting measures implemented in the DHL Group logistics network.

Alexander Edenhofer

Spokesperson for Mail Products & Services, Regulation Issues, Postal Policy, E-Mobility, Bonn Topics

DHL Group
Charles-de-Gaulle-Str. 20
53113 Bonn
Germany

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