The principle of Total Zero can be split into three pillars. The first pillar of our strategy is measuring CO2
pollution. Since 2006 DPD has measured the emissions from shipping and from the company. In the meantime there have been such great advancements in technology that the amount of CO2
pollution for each delivery can be calculated with great accuracy. This calculation takes into account not only the method of transport, but also all of the internal operating procedures. With this measurement, it can be clearly seen in which processes there is too much pollution and which processes should be optimised.
More and more vehicles running on electricity
The second pillar of Total Zero is the reduction of CO2
emissions. The measurement method serves as a guide here. All areas of logistics are optimised. The first area is of course the transport itself. DPD ships almost everything by land and in so doing avoids the immense CO2
emission of air cargo. In addition to this, more and more electric vehicles are being used in cities. DPD has implemented the world's first electrically driven transporter, which is also suitable for short distances. For longer journeys lorries are still being used, although these are continually being improved to make them more aerodynamic. DPD has, for the most part, done away with motorised vehicles in towns and is now relying increasingly on bicycle couriers for sending letters.
Consumption is continually optimised
Along with transport there are also other factors to be taken into account in the shipping process. Total Zero means that measures are also being taken internally. Only using recycled paper is one of these measures. Furthermore, at some of the sites energy saving measures are being taken, which have significantly decreased the overall energy consumption of the company. In places where this is not possible, the most modern lighting technology is used, which at least reduces energy consumption. In partnership with TÜV SÜD the company is continually monitoring and optimising the following areas:
Required consumption is offset with emissions trading
The third pillar of carbon neutral shipping comprises emissions offsetting. This concerns emissions which, despite all of the energy reduction measures, cannot be avoided. Climate protection projects are funded by Total Zero, which counteract CO2
emissions. These can be local projects in Europe or international programmes in developing countries. For example, Total Zero supports a reforestation programme in Columbia through this programme. This creates a carbon store and this counteracts global CO2
As well as the reforestation programme, DPD also supports the environmentally friendly production of dehydrated lucerne. Lucerne is almost indispensable as fodder, as it is a very nutritious product, which is full of vitamins and tastes good. Its properties ensure optimum digestion for the animals and it is therefore grown in large quantities.
Total Zero’s projects go above and beyond environmental protection. It also seeks to give added social value. This is why Total Zero is supporting the construction of a biogas plant in Cambodia. This of course means creating an environmentally friendly energy supply, but also creates employment opportunities and strengthens the economy and independence of the region.