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DHL Japan starts ‘Green Logistics’ initiatives

DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company, today announced the launch of its ‘Green Logistics’ environmental initiatives in Japan. As a first step, DHL Japan will begin using a fuel-cell car, a hybrid truck and bicycles in its collection and delivery services, primarily in Tokyo.

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DHL Japan will use the F-Cell car from DaimlerChrysler AG (DCAG), and the Canter Eco-Hybrid truck from Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation (Mitsubishi Fuso), part of DaimlerChrysler’s Truck Group. The F-Cell, the world’s first mass-produced fuel-cell car, is modeled on the Mercedes-Benz A Class and is fuelled by compressed hydrogen. DHL Japan will test the F-Cell under actual working conditions, by using it to collect and deliver documents in downtown Tokyo, especially Otemachi, from mid-July. Data collected from the suitability tests will be reported to DCAG for the system improvement and development of the next generation F-Cell.

Mitsubishi Fuso's brand new Canter Eco-Hybrid is Japan's first hybrid light duty truck to meet new long-term emission regulations introduced in 2005, and is one of the most fuel-efficient commercial hybrid vehicles today. DHL Japan will use the Canter Eco-Hybrid truck for collection and delivery of small and medium-sized packages in Ohta-ku from 20 July.

In addition, DHL Japan has introduced five folding bicycles in central Tokyo and Yokohama since mid-June. Delivery vans carry the bicycles, and once the driver reaches the parking lots in the collection/delivery areas, the drivers use the bicycles to transport documents and small packages to the customers. Not only does this reduce exhaust fumes, the bicycles can also be used to navigate narrow lanes that vans cannot enter.

Guenter Zorn, President and Representative Director of DHL Japan, said on the launch of ‘Green Logistics’: "Over the years, DHL Japan has contributed to local communities in many ways, and now, with the support of DaimlerChrysler Japan and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus, we have been able to launch this new initiative aimed at protecting our environment. As the market leader in the express and logistics industry, DHL will continue to pursue efficient operations while contributing to environmental protection in Japan, by introducing shipping tools such as new automobile technology and by coordinating with other organizations."

Karin Strömqvist Bååthe, senior expert, Corporate Public Policy and Sustainability at Deutsche Post World Net (DPWN), DHL's parent company, said: "DPWN's decision to launch ‘Green Logistics’ in Japan is a big step towards achieving the Group's goal of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions globally. This is an initiative that will eventually be implemented throughout the Group.”

DHL uses numerous aircraft and vehicles in over 220 countries and territories worldwide. Accordingly, DHL is aware that efforts to prevent global warming and air pollution are an essential part of its corporate social responsibility. As improving business efficiency ultimately lowers environmental impact, DHL has endeavored to reduce the number of vehicles it uses and shorten the distance they travel by optimizing transport routes based on forecasts of cargo volume and transport time, for example, to improve collection/delivery efficiency.

In addition, DHL has put digital tachometers in its vehicles to give collection and delivery staff guidance in driving efficiently, and has trained them to discard unhealthy driving habits such as accelerating suddenly, in order to reduce fuel costs. DHL also utilizes cushioning for packaging made out of the waste materials that arise from day-to-day transportation work at service centers.

DHL, which has continued to grow by building close relationships with local communities worldwide, has worked hard to contribute to the communities in which it operates in. DHL has focused on ‘Working towards Environment Conservation’, ‘Supporting Future Generations’, and ‘Contributing Communities’. For example, DHL has helped to deliver stationery and soccer balls to children in developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America in collaboration with international NGOs, and has donated vehicles to welfare institutions.

It also recently concluded a five-year partnership agreement with the Japan Lifesaving Association to provide support for lifeguard competitions and summer beach patrols, and conducted educational activities regarding the safe use of beaches. In this way, DHL is engaged in numerous activities in the local communities, in addition to environmental initiatives.

For more information on DHL’s social contributions, please see


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