DHL, the world’s leading global express and logistics company, is ranked for the first time on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of the National Top 100 users of green electric power. Ranking No. 27 in this prestigious group, DHL is using green power to cover all of the electricity the company expects to use in the U.S this year.
DHL is purchasing nearly 210,000 renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind farms to offset 100% of the company’s expected 2014 consumption. In 2013, DHL purchased 188,000 energy certificates, offsetting approximately 90% of its total electricity consumption. The energy certificates acquired by DHL this year are equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 30,000 passenger vehicles, or the emissions from electricity used by 20,000 average American homes annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Purchasing the renewable energy certificates is in line with the parent company’s (Deutsche Post DHL) global GoGreen program. The whole Group pursues an ambitious climate protection target to improve its carbon efficiency by 30% by 2020 as compared to 2007. In order to achieve this goal, DHL, in the U.S. as well as Deutsche Post DHL globally, invests in new technologies and is upgrading to more fuel-efficient aircraft, purchasing electric, hybrid and alternative fuel trucks and vans and adding fuel-conservation features to its facilities. So far, Deutsche Post DHL has improved its overall carbon efficiency by 18% compared to 2007.
“This is a great honor and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Christof Ehrhart, Executive Vice President Corporate Communications and Responsibility at Deutsche Post DHL. “Our renewable energy certificate initiative is offsetting the impact of DHL’s electricity consumption in the U.S., and is one more element in the company’s worldwide efforts to directly and indirectly reduce carbon emissions. These certificates are just one of many levers DHL uses to advance our sustainability goals.”
DHL’s green power commitment also qualifies the company for the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded the EPA’s minimum requirements. Members must use ten times the Green Power Partnership’s minimum green power requirement throughout the organization. DHL is also ranked on the EPA’s 100% Green Power Users list, for using green power to meet 100% of its U.S. electricity need.
“EPA is excited to welcome DHL as a Green Power Partner and congratulates them on their No. 27 ranking on our National Top 100 list of the largest green power purchasers,” said Mollie Lemon, Manager of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “By opting to purchase renewable energy, DHL is helping to grow the nation’s clean energy economy and reducing harmful carbon pollution. The company’s impressive commitment to use 100 percent green power serves as an example of leadership for others to follow.”
These renewable energy certificates were produced by wind farms that generated electricity for the U.S. power grid. The wind farms receive the certificates, attesting to the generation of clean, renewable energy. They were certified by Green-e Energy, the nation’s leading certification program for renewable energy. The wind farms can sell the certificates to other firms to help offset emissions produced by electric power generated with fossil fuels. Each certificate represents 1 megawatt hour of electricity consumption, or 1,000 kilowatt hours.
The renewable energy certificates were initially acquired by JustGreenTM, a subsidiary of Just Energy Group, and then sold to DHL. “We are excited to offer our JustGreen products to DHL and help the company reduce the environmental impact of their energy use,” said G.P. Manalac, JustGreen Executive Vice President. “By increasing voluntary demand for green power, JustGreen is helping organizations meet their greenhouse gas reduction goals. Organizations throughout North America have access to our Green-e certified renewable energy certificates and are able to join in our mission to help stop global warming.”