DPDgroup
CSR Report 2016
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Our initiatives

Through the DrivingChange™ Carbon Neutral commitment, DPDgroup is engaged in making every parcel we deliver carbon neutral, for all our customers, at no extra cost to them. Our approach strives to be simple, pragmatic and effective. We therefore focus on measuring our CO2 emissions, acting to reduce them, and offsetting the remaining ones.

We measure

Measure it to manage it

We accurately measure the carbon footprint of our transport network. An external audit is held every year to verify the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted and to be offset. In 2016, the total amount of GHG emissions from our transport was 863,331 TCO2e* (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, including main greenhouse gas emissions).

This figure has been verified and validated by Mazars, as an Independent Third Party review.

The quantity of emissions is determined by using an internal reporting tool (RESPIRE), where each business unit enters data every quarter. The tool follows international standards, such as ISO 14064, to calculate GHG emissions and the main indicators that enable us to measure our environmental performance.

DPDGroup has implemented a yearly reporting process accompanied by written procedures, indicator descriptions, reporting schedules, and IT reporting and calculation tools. Quarterly internal reports are issued, enabling us to closely monitor our carbon footprint.

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Emissions reporting:

Delivery vehicles are our major source of emissions. The emissions from these (whether owned/leased or subcontracted) are used in offsetting calculations. Emissions from other sources, e.g., energy used in buildings, fuel used for on-site freight vehicles, paper consumption equivalences, company car fleet, etc., are calculated but are currently excluded from the offsetting scope.

The following 19 business units fall within the scope of emissions reporting:

Chronopost France, Chronopost Portugal, DPD Belgium/Luxembourg, DPD Croatia, DPD Czech Republic, DPD Estonia, DPD France, DPD Germany, DPD Hungary, DPD Ireland, DPD Latvia, DPD Lithuania, DPD Netherlands, DPD Poland, DPD Slovakia, DPD Slovenia, DPD Switzerland, DPD UK, and SEUR.

DPDgroup’s RESPIRE and emissions reporting protocol is designed to meet 6 criteria: Relevance, Transparency, Accuracy, Consistency, Completeness and Comparability (RTACCC) and complies with recognised standards and existing regulatory commitments as listed below:

ISO 14064 “Specification with guidance at the organisation level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals”: International Standard

BEGES « Bilan des Emissions de Gaz à Effet de Serre » French Standard (Art. 75)

EN 16258 “Methodology for calculation and declaration of energy consumption and GHG emissions of transport services (freight and passengers)”: European Standard methodology

Transport vehicles are our major source of emissions. The emissions from these (whether owned/leased or subcontracted) are used in offsetting calculations.

A recognised external, independent auditor verifies and provides assurance on the compliance of the protocol with the standards in terms of data collection and calculations, and therefore with the exactness of the calculated CO2 emissions.

We reduce

Target met with a reduction of -10,1% of CO2e emissions per parcel in 2016

As a responsible business, we are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint. We have set a 10% reduction in our CO2e/parcel target by 2020 compared with 2013 levels and met the target in 2016, well ahead of schedule. We were able to reduce the carbon intensity per parcel to an average of 0.747 kg CO2e /parcel, which enabled us to achieve a reduction of 10.1%. This performance has resulted from higher transported parcel volumes, combined with daily operational optimisations and carbon reduction initiatives, thus enabling us to make better use of our resources and increase efficiency. Now that the target has been met we will work in 2017 on new medium- and long-term carbon reduction objectives.

However, our absolute emissions will most likely increase due to external growth and booming e-commerce flows. Innovation in our business will be key in continuing our positive performance towards carbon efficiency.

Objective achievement: 10.1% reduction of CO2e emissions per parcel in 2016.

Reducing our CO2e emissions: alternative fuel, optimised routes, efficient vehicles and eco-driving.
We reduce our emissions as part of our daily operations. Increasing the load factor of our transport vehicles and using optimal routes enable us to make major efficiency improvements, saving time, costs and emissions. We act on other impacting levers such as vehicles, fuel and driver behaviour: by using alternative fuel vehicles; by optimising load including double-decked trucks or long and heavier vehicles used by DPD Netherlands; and by training our drivers to eco and defensive driving: this is the case with Chronopost Portugal, where our drivers receive regular theoretical and on-the-road instruction.

Alternative-fuel vehicles

At the end of 2016, the DPDgroup fleet had around 250 alternative fuelled vehicles, i.e., powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), Bio Natural gas (BNG), electricity and electric assistance. In particular, in 2016 DPD NL increased its number of BNG-fuelled vehicles and DPD France increased the number of its natural gas-fuelled vehicles. Both these engine technologies reduce GHG emissions and other pollutants. Our fleet of alternative vehicles travelled more than 6.2 million kilometres in 2016.

Number of green vehicles : 250

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Benito Páramo

At Gas Natural Fenosa we believe in compressed natural gas as an alternative fuel to reduce local emissions. It also has a saving advantage of 30% compared to diesel. We are pushing manufacturers to increase their range of new natural gas vehicles, but in the event that they cannot be used of or it is not the appropriate time to renew a vehicle, transformation is a very interesting option.
This type of vehicle is the primary tool in reducing emissions effectively within the city while also carrying out last-mile deliveries in a responsible way and contributing to the environment.

SEUR’s dual fuel vehicle

The first Spanish delivery van transformed from using pure diesel fuel only, to using Compressed Natural Gas as well, arrived in Madrid in September 2016. This project is the result of a public-private partnership. A first in Spain, SEUR will use this van with the objective of obtaining real-use measurements on this type of transformation for last-mile delivery. Gas Natural Fenosa, a company that has undertaken one of the transformations, will provide fuel at its gas stations in Madrid.

DPD France strengthens its commitment to NGV

DPD France has chosen to use NGVs (Natural Gas Vehicles), which have significantly reduced emissions of both particulate matter and CO2. NGVs also appear to be better suited than electric vehicles to the activity of DPD France, as they have a greater payload.
DPD France vehicles using NGV fuel are already on the road in the cities of Lyon, Grenoble, Rouen, Toulouse and Strasbourg, with a total of 20 vehicles to date, including those just recently deployed in Aix-en-Provence and Bordeaux.
Since late 2015, DPD France has benefited from a partnership with GNVERT, allowing it access to a BioNGV fuel network. Made with biogas from organic waste recycling, this 100% renewable gas avoids additional CO2 emissions, giving it carbon neutral status.

Virginie Lequy

Operational Process Manager in charge of Urban Logistics at DPD France said:

NGVs are easily deployable for our corporate branch (parcel transport and express delivery) subject to the installation of supply stations by local authorities, they are a quality solution that we have chosen for their carrying capacity, autonomy, reliability and robustness.
Our current fleet of NGVs will continue to grow in the coming months.

INTERVIEW with Jako BOS,
Initiative of long combination vehicles in DPD Netherlands

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Road-trains, reducing emissions through load and route optimisation

Longer and heavier vehicles (LHVs), made up of a lead truck and trailers in various combinations, also known as super lorries, road trains or megatrucks, are widely used in the USA and Australia and are slowly appearing in Europe. After Sweden, the Netherlands was one of the first countries in Europe to introduce them.

Compared to normal large goods vehicles (100 m3 load), LHVs increase the maximum loading volume capacity of a vehicle by 60%, meaning that a single truck will carry more load and therfore reduce the total distance covered. By 2016, DPD NL had 21 of these trucks on the road.

DPD NL’s LHV fleet is diesel-powered, with vehicles conforming to Euro6 emission standards, although a hybrid diesel-LNG truck has been in service for some time now, and recently a pure LNG-powered vehicle was rolled out.

“2016 was a special year for us as this was the year when the LHV concept really took off, with trucks of 162m3 loading capacity – the maximum volume authorised – allowing us to be in full control of our branding and operational strategy for high-volume delivery,” said Jako Bos, Network Director for DPD NL.
With 15 % of trucks based on the three-swap-body concept, a given road train is often used to deliver to three different destinations, with each of the three trailers serving a different location.

DPD NL has witnessed very tangible benefits by using LHVs, especially lower emissions. In 2016, the DPD NL line haul fleet travelled more than 26.9 million kilometres, emitting a total of 19,666 TCO2e (all types of fuel combined). These emissions would have been higher, but using LHVs instead of normal heavy vehicles and trucks powered by LNG instead of diesel avoided the emission of 560 TCO2e. These will be further reduced as the road trains keep serving more destinations in the country.
Other benefits include savings in fuel costs, driver satisfaction (pride in driving handling an innovative and efficient vehicle), and transport partner satisfaction (strong commitment in investing in the use of these vehicles).

2016 was a special year for us as this was the year when the LHV concept really took off, with trucks of 162m3 loading capacity – the maximum volume authorised – allowing us to be in full control of our branding and operational strategy for high-volume delivery,” said Jako Bos, Network Director for DPD NL.

With 15 % of trucks based on the three-swap-body concept, a given road train is often used to deliver to three different destinations, with each of the three trailers serving a different location.

DPD NL has witnessed very tangible benefits by using LHV, in particular lower emissions. In 2016, the DPD NL line haul fleet travelled more than 26.9 million kilometres, emitting a total of 19 666 TCO2e (all types of fuel combined). These emissions would have been higher, but using LHVs instead of normal heavy vehicles and trucks powered by LNG instead of diesel, avoided the emission of 560 TCO2e. These will be further reduced as the road trains keep serving more destination in the country.

Other benefits include savings in fuel costs, driver satisfaction (pride in driving handling an innovative and efficient vehicle), and transport partner satisfaction (strong commitment in investing in the use of these vehicles).

We voluntarily offset

100% of transport emissions at no additional cost for all our customers.

Since 2012, DPDgroup has been a pioneer in carbon neutral delivery by voluntarily offsetting 100% of parcel delivery emissions, at no additional cost for all our customers.

Our offsetting programme consists of six projects related to renewable and cleaner energy production. The offsetting projects are mostly located close to our business locations in Europe, Turkey and India.

Together with EcoAct, an internationally recognised consultancy in carbon neutral strategies, we have put in place an offsetting programme that complies with the most rigorous international standards, while also driving social and economic improvements. These standards provide a third-party verification that ensures accurate carbon accounting.

Click to know more about our 6 offset projects

Hydraulic road binders save up to 50% of greenhouse gases emissions so it helps us fight climate change.

Kamil Szczygielski - CEO - Ekotech / Green Binders producer

Processing Coal Mine Methane is a very cost-efficient way to reduce large emissions of greenhouse gas.

Richard Mattus - Member of the Group of experts on Methane - UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)

Our electricity & heat production is equal to the yearly consumption of over 20 000 Czech families.

Karel Kožnar - TEDOM Project Developer

We are committed to reduce the consumption of resources such as energy, materials, substances and packaging.

Neil O’Brien – Alkane / Coal Mine Methane producer CEO

Alongside the project, we provide free medication and consultation to the communities in surrounding villages.

Sandip Saha – CLP India Deputy Manager

Thanks to this project, we are also able to enhance local livelihoods by hiring locals and supporting schools.

Nihat Ari – ENERJISA Wind Project Manager

Poland

Green Binders Project

Producing building materials from waste

Germany

Cleaning Ground Project

Improving the local energy mix by capturing methane

Czech Republic

Waste Energy Project

Producing energy from waste

United Kingdom

United Shire Project

Improving the local energy mix by capturing methane from coal mine

India

Wind Project

Using wind to produce energy

Turkey

Balikesir Wind Project

Using wind to produce energy

 

Projects supported by DPDgroup and their benefits:

The above-mentioned projects not only offset 100% of our GHG parcel delivery emissions, they also drive social and economic improvements:

714

Energy produced per year (GWh), covering the consumption of about 250,000 households

80,000

Tonnes of ash reused in binder
production per year

189

Number
of jobs created

205,000

Organic waste recycled per year (m3),
and used for energy production

  • CleaningGround

    Germany

  • Green Blinders

    Poland

  • WasteEnergy

    Czech Republic

  • UnitedShire

    United Kingdom

  • BalikesirWind

    Turkey

  • HindiWind

    India

The process of offsetting

We first measure our GHG emissions and put in place reduction actions where possible. The remaining emissions are then offset through the financing of low-carbon projects. The emissions that we offset include our indirect emissions from outsourced transport.