In an effort to reduce its impact on the NYC environment, DHL, a global logistics leader, recently unveiled its new 80 vehicle strong green fleet of delivery trucks. According to its website, DHL’s all new commercial vehicles will cut down on fossil fuel use, and in turn, reduce CO2 emissions by 50 percent each year, in comparison to other conventional vehicles. The site also states that by September 2011, “DHL will operate 30 American made, battery power electrical vans and 50 hybrid trucks,” in Manhattan.
As reported by Procurement Leaders, Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL states that, “Sustainability, especially the reduction of carbon emissions, is a central aspect of our business and an integral part of our corporate strategy.” The new green fleet strategy also aims on improving its carbon efficiency by 30 percent by 2020.
“As customers worldwide are increasingly demanding greener logistics, sustainable business procedures and initiatives like the one we are launching today will – at the same time – also enhance the profitability of our business.”
The DHL site also states that the two types of green vehicles which will be used in NYC by DHL Express, will be manufactured by Azure Dynamics, “a world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric commercial vehicles.” Ford Motor Co will be producing the chassis for the vehicles.
DHL isn’t the only delivery company working to reduce its carbon footprint. UPS recently announced a switch from diesel to lower-emission liquefied natural gas.
These recent innovations are in line with Michael Bloomberg’s plan to lower carbon emissions throughout the city. Sustainable solutions, such as those being implemented by DHL, not only provide customers with services focused on energy efficiency, but also fall more in line with current NYC environmental initiatives.