PLANTATION, Fla.--DHL has received a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
SmartWay recognized DHL Express U.S. for its initiatives and efforts that reduce fuel consumption and CO2emissions within its operations. By the end of this year, DHL Express will have replaced over 50% of its pick-up and delivery fleet with more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles – all part of a strategic, five-year fleet planning effort that best aligns vehicle demand against the most appropriate vehicle selection, the company said in a release.
“Environmental protection and sustainability is fully integrated into our culture – from reducing the impact of our own operations on the environment to helping our customers do the same through GOGREEN carbon-neutral shipping options,” said Ian Clough, CEO of DHL Express U.S. “We’re honored to have been selected as a leader in environmental performance as we continue to look for ways to improve our carbon efficiency.”
In 2012, DHL Express introduced pick-up and delivery vehicles which operate on 100 percent dedicated Liquefied Petroleum Gas or ‘LPG’ (also referred to as “propane autogas”). Through the use of LPG, each of these alternative fuel vehicles saves over 22,587 pounds of CO2 emissions each year, said a release.
DHL Express is one of 55 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s 3000-plus Partners. The Excellence Awardees were honored at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals annual conference held in Denver, Colorado.