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By purchasing CO2 credits, we support carbon offset projects around the world, ensuring carbon offsetting for customers using our carbon neutral GoGreen products and services.

In order to offset emissions for our customers, we set high standards and select projects based on their environmental and local community benefits. This means that the climate-neutral GoGreen Service does not just offset emissions. Together with our customers we also make a contribution to promoting the economy in less developed countries and improving the lives of local people.

Project example: Clean drinking water in Kasungu, Malawi.  Photo

We consider VER credits the carbon credits fitting best with our own rigid requirements. In consequence, DHL Group strives for VER type credits complying with the "Gold Standard". Projects eligible for 'GoGreen Climate Neutral' shall be verified accordingly. 

Projects with additional certifications can occasionally be used as an alternative if a sufficient supply of VER Gold Standard projects should not be available.

GoGreen climate protection projects

For GoGreen we currently support a diverse mix of projects that reflect our quality standards. With our GoGreen program, we support high-quality climate protection projects worldwide to offset emissions.
 

High-quality climate protection projects - for a better climate and the local people:

  • Wind farm, Ovalle, Chile

    Wind energy project in Ovalle, Chile. Photo

    The municipality of Ovalle is located about three hundred kilometres north of the capital Santiago de Chile, in the Chilean region of Coquimbo. Here, two wind farms called "El Pacifico" and "La Cebada" with a total of 57 wind turbines and an installed capacity of 109.6 MW supply electricity from renewable energy sources. The wind turbines began operating in July 2014 and now generate an average of 290 GWh of clean electricity per year, which is fed into the central electricity grid (SIC). As a result, the two wind farms make a valuable contribution to climate action: since this amount of electricity would have otherwise been produced with the help of fossil fuels, the climate project saves around 197,420 tonnes of CO2 per year – and contributes to the energy transition in Chile by expanding the renewable energy sector. In addition, it also promotes sustainable development in the region by creating long-term jobs in Ovalle.

    Promoting clean wind energy in Chile

    Project
    Wind farm, Ovalle
    Country
    Chile
    Project standard Gold Standard
    VER 3567
    Type Wind
    Sustainable development goals (SDG) 7, 8, 13
    Description goldstandard.org

  • Biogas, Ji'an, China

    Biogas project in Ji'an, China. Photo

    The project in the Chinese province of Jiangxi uses animal waste such as manure and wastewater from nine pig farms to produce biogas. Previously, pig farmers have collected animal waste in open lagoons, allowing the methane produced during decomposition to escape directly into the atmosphere. The project will replace these open lagoons with airtight digesters and capture the biogas produced inside. The biogas is then used to generate electricity. An average of 90,061.49 MWh of electricity is generated annually. The fermented sludge that remains in the digesters is treated in a composting system and then used as fertiliser, some of which is distributed free of charge to neighbouring farmers.

    How pig manure can contribute to biogas production

    Project
    Biogas, Ji'an
    Country
    China
    Project standard Gold Standard
    VER 11238
    Type Biogas - Electricity
    Sustainable development goals (SDG) 7, 8, 13
    Description goldstandard.org

  • Improved cookstoves, Kumasi, Ghana

    Improved cookstoves prpject in Kumasi, Ghana. Photo

    Cooking with charcoal on open fires or inefficient stoves is one of the main reasons for the high deforestation rate in Ghana, and the source of serious health problems. Women and children are exposed to intense air pollution from the smoke which leads to respiratory diseases, eye infections and premature deaths. Our carbon offset project is counteracting both issues and at the same time saves carbon emissions.

    The social enterprise Man and Man was founded in 2014 and produces efficient cookstoves at their manufacturing site in Kumasi. The stove model called Jiko consumes up to 40 percent less charcoal thanks to better heat isolation. This does not only reduce fuel consumption but also smoke production, improving both economic and health conditions for families. The stoves are distributed in urban areas throughout Ghana and used by low-income households as well as small enterpreneurs. The project has created new job opportunities in manufacturing and distribution. By reducing fuel consumption it helps reduce the pressure on local forests and biodiversity.

    Protecting forests, health and the climate

    Project
    Improved cookstoves, Kumasi
    Country
    Ghana
    Project standard Gold Standard
    VER 2094
    Type Energy Efficiency - Domestic
    Sustainable development goals (SDG) 1, 3, 7, 8, 13
    Description goldstandard.org

  • Wind energy, Gadhsisa, India

    Wind energy project in Gadhsisa, India. Photo

    The project activity involves six wind farms located in different sites. The generated electricity is exported to the New Caledonian grid. The project therefore replaces grid electricity thIn the state Gujarat on the western coast of India, our wind power project with 143 wind turbines and a total capacity of 300 MW supplies electricity from renewable sources. This emission-free power generation not only improves the national grid frequency but also makes a valuable contribution to climate action: The project activities save around 1,004,970 tonnes of CO2 per year as the amount of electricity would otherwise have been generated using thermal/fossil fuel-based power plants.

    The project also contributes to the region's sustainable development: Over 30 new employment opportunities with above-average income have been created, combined with training for all employees. At the same time, it promotes education and offers students the opportunity to enroll in local schools.at is at 80% produced by fossil-fuel power plants.

    Strengthening climate action while improving India's energy grid

    Project
    Wind energy, Gadhsisa
    Country India
    Project standard Gold Standard
    VER 7468
    Type Wind
    Sustainable development goals (SDG) 4, 7, 8, 13, 15
    Description goldstandard.org

    Solar energy, Rajasthan, India

    Solar energy project in Rajasthan, India. Photo

    The project activity involves six wind farms located in different sites. The generated electricity is exported to the New Caledonian grid. The project therefore replaces grid electricity thIn the state Gujarat on the western coast of India, our wind power project with 143 wind turbines and a total capacity of 300 MW supplies electricity from renewable sources. This emission-free power generation not only improves the national grid frequency but also makes a valuable contribution to climate action: The project activities save around 1,004,970 tonnes of CO2 per year as the amount of electricity would otherwise have been generated using thermal/fossil fuel-based power plants.

    The project also contributes to the region's sustainable development: Over 30 new employment opportunities with above-average income have been created, combined with training for all employees. At the same time, it promotes education and offers students the opportunity to enroll in local schools.at is at 80% produced by fossil-fuel power plants.

    More clean electricity through solar power

    Project
    Solar energy, Rajasthan
    Country India
    Project standard Gold Standard
    VER 7727
    Type Solar Thermal - Electricity
    Sustainable development goals (SDG) 7, 8, 13
    Description goldstandard.org

    Solar energy in Rajasthan, India

  • Efficient cookstoves, Lesotho

    Efficient cookstoves project in Lesotho. Photo

    In Lesotho in southern Africa, we have even implemented our own climate project for our GoGreen customers. Together with partners, we are equipping households with efficient Save80 stoves that save up to 80 percent on firewood. This not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, people are no longer exposed to harmful smoke when cooking, deforestation and the soil erosion it causes are also reduced - and people can use the time they otherwise spend collecting firewood more profitably.

    The project was financed entirely by DHL Group and implemented in cooperation with the non-profit climate protection organization atmosfair and the local partner SolarLights. Our joint project was awarded the national Energy Globe Award for Lesotho in 2018.

    All GoGreen calculations and emissions compensation activities are verified annually by the independent auditing company Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Lifecycle Accounting and Reporting product standard.

    No smoke with this fire: Save80 stoves

    Project
    Efficient Wood Fuel Stove-Cooking-Sets, Lesotho
    Country
    Lesotho
    Project standard Gold Standard
    VER 913
    Type Energy Efficiency - Domestic
    Supplier atmosfair gGmbH
    Sustainable development goals (SDG) 5, 7, 8, 13
    Description GoldStandard.org
    Climate project Save80

  • Clean drinking water, Kasungu, Malawi

    Clean drinking water project in Kasungu, Malawi. Photo

    This Micro-Scale Voluntary Project Activity, in Kasungu, Malawi provides safe drinking water to communities reducing the need to boil water as a means of purification through the repair of damaged and the drilling of additional new boreholes in the Traditional Authorities (TA) of Santhe and Kawamba located in Kasungu District. By providing safe water, the project will ensure that households consume less firewood during the process of water purification and as a result there shall be a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the combustion process.

    Protection of health and climate through clean water

    Project
    Clean drinking water, Kasungu
    Country Malawi
    Project standard Gold Standard
    VER 1247
    Type Clean drinking water
    Sustainable development goals (SDG) 3, 4, 5, 6, 13, 15
    Description goldstandard.org

  • Wind-solar hybrid power plant, Kangal, Turkey

    Wind-solar hybrid power plant in Kangal, Turkey. Photo

    Kangal Wind Power Plant is located in Kangal and Gürün districts of Sivas province in Turkey and developed by Kangal Elektrik Enerji Üretim ve Ticaret A.Ş., investing into a solar project, which will be operated as a hybrid system by integrating to the wind power project.

    The purpose of the project is to generate electricity and to feed it into the Turkish National Grid. With the integration of solar system to the project, annual gross electricity production of the project will be 512,000 MWh/y and annual emission reductions will be approximately 276,480 tCO2/year.

    Generating electricity and feeding it into the Turkish National Grid

    Project
    Wind-Solar Power Plant, Kangal
    Country Turkey
    Project standard Gold Standard
    VER 1138
    Type Wind
    Sustainable development goals (SDG) 7, 8, 13
    Description goldstandard.org

This summary of the Carbon Credits Standard Guideline gives a little insights into DHL Group's priorities and minimum criteria in the selection of Carbon Credits on the market:

Quality criteria for carbon credits

Carbon Credit Standards can be evaluated based on the goal to achieve credible and reliable standards providing long lasting positive impact on environment and social aspects. 

Minimum criteria for high credibility include:

  • In carbon offset-crediting programs and the Paris Agreement, it refers to the inadvertent duplication of emission reductions. Ensuring accuracy of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data by preventing underestimation through double counting is crucial. Mitigation activities should only contribute once toward achieving targets.

  • Compensating harmful ecological and climate impacts with additional benefits for nature or carbon sequestration is the focus. UN Sustainable Development Goals highlight sustainable management of marine ecosystems and integration of biodiversity values into planning.

  • Accurate representation of GHG emission reductions through Verified Carbon Mechanism activities is essential. Mitigation activities should avoid locking in levels of GHG emissions, technologies, or practices incompatible with net-zero goals.

  • Durability emphasizes that emission reductions must be permanent for sustained environmental impact. Long-lived storage, essential for carbon offsetting projects, involves low-risk methods lasting centuries to millennia.

  • GHG emission reductions from mitigation activities must be enduring. Measures are required to address risks of reversal.

  • Occurs when businesses relocate production to countries with lax emission constraints, potentially increasing total emissions. Mitigation involves leakage assessments to identify inconsistencies in processes and applications.

  • Mitigation activities in carbon-crediting programs should conform or exceed established best practices, delivering positive sustainable development impacts.

  • Comprehensive, transparent information on credited mitigation activities publicly accessible for scrutiny is essential.

  • Carbon credits must provide an 'additional' benefit beyond business as usual to meet net-zero objectives. Proof requires credible baselines and adherence to guidelines, such as Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism.

  • The report is crucial for uniquely identifying and tracking each credit, involving independent third-party verification of emissions reductions, and ensuring credibility through validation and verification processes.

All the aforementioned criteria are tedious to check on a project to project level. That is why DHL Group is relying on international carbon credit certification schemes such as the international "Gold Standard". This is one of the major carbon credit programs. It has a high level of credibility based on the methodology taken in accounting and assessment of the projects. To read a detailed methodology procedures established by "Gold Standard", please refer to their official website.

Of course projects certified by one or more additional standards at the same time are most welcome.

Further criteria

Additionally to credibility criteria, we have certain preferences in selecting projects for the portfolio based on type of projects, size, region, and vintage:

  • For our portfolio we focus on tech based solutions.

    • Renewable energy
      Renewable energy projects promote a shift from fossil fuels to green energy through hydropower, wind power, solar panels or biomass projects. The promotion of renewable energy creates a transition from fossil fuels, which stimulates long-term reduction of CO2 emissions and a climate-friendly economy by lowering prices for renewable energy. This positively affects the Groups goal to increase its share of green electricity.
      Often, the projects are established in rural areas, positively affecting local employment and energy supply. This also leads to social benefits, one of the pillars of sustainable development.
    • Waste disposal
      Focusing on the efficiency of capturing emissions during biological processes regarding organic waste. Instead of releasing the byproducts of degradation into the atmosphere, they are contained and used to produce energy. Thus, waste disposal projects do not only reduce the emission of greenhouse gases but also produce renewable energy.
    • Household devices
      Distributing cleaner-burning stoves or water purification devices to reduce or eliminate the need to burn wood. In addition to the environmental benefits of emission reduction, eliminating the need to collect vast amounts of wood on a daily basis also brings social benefits by improving the quality of life of local people. These projects are usually rather small scale, but have a massive effect on a local scale, changing the daily routines of the people using the devices.
      DHL Group is the primary sponsor of the Save80 project in Lesotho, making this project a cornerstone of the GoGreen offsetting activities.
    • Energy efficiency
      Energy efficiency is targeting consumption reduction. The scope of the projects is large, ranging from household products to large industrial installations. However, it does not achieve long-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, hence the permanence factor is lower.
      In comparison to projects focusing on household devices these types of projects are usually less potent, although their size might be significantly bigger.
  • As small projects tend to have a greater positive impact on the local society, we prefer the purchasing of small scale projects.  However, large scale projects are eligible for the portfolio, as our demand is usually too high to be settled with microscale projects alone. 

  • Overall, a diverse project and location portfolio is paramount. In accordance to the Kyoto Protocol, we try to concentrate our purchasing activities on areas where they can show the most positive side effects. In consequence, we do not buy certificates from projects located in highly developed countries. In particular, no credits shall be obtained from projects located in the EU, Northern America and Australia. Instead, the developing countries in Asia, Africa and Central- and South-America shall be preferred. Among these, countries ranking higher in the list of poor countries according to IMF or World Bank should be preferred. 

  • Carbon credits are emitted on a yearly basis. The year of issuance is called the "vintage" of the credit. Younger vintages are preferred over older ones as they are a more appropriate reflection of the current state of the art regarding both regulations and technology. In consequence, we try to avoid very old vintages (5 years or older).