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Deutsche Post World Net leads the way in climate protection.

Group offers climate-neutral shipping solution and German Environmental Minister Gabriel welcomes model initiative.

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The Post subsidiary DHL will become the first logistics service provider on August 1, 2006, to offer its private customers a climate-neutral shipping solution.

In presence of the German Environmental Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Dr. Claude Begle, Chairman of the Divisional Board Express Germany, and Dr. Monika Wulf-Mathies, Managing Director Corporate Public Policy and Sustainability at Deutsche Post World Net, today introduced the concept of a new environmental-protection project.

Environmentally conscious customers can opt for the 'Plusplackchen GoGreen'. With this shipping solution, all CO2 emissions created by transporting the parcel, will be calculated and offset by internal company environmental projects as well as external climate protection initiatives. Thereby, 10 cents of each purchased package will flow into these projects. The environmentally friendly parcel product is part of the GoGreen Initiative in which Deutsche Post World Net works to cut CO2 emissions. The transparency and the integrity of this environmental initiative have been examined and approved by an independent external certification organization.

German Environmental Minister Sigmar Gabriel welcomed the model initiative at Deutsche Post World Net: "Germany is continuing to play a leading role in environmental protection and will reach its Kyoto goal in 2012 by continuously reducing greenhouse gases of 21 per cent.

To do so, private companies and the government alike must take the initiative. The GoGreen project at Deutsche Post World Net is a trendsetter that could serve as a model for other companies."

Sustainable business practices are embedded in Deutsche Post World Net's corporate strategy. "With the GoGreen Initiative, we are accepting our responsibility for the environment and are responding to the driving principle behind the Kyoto Protocol that calls for reductions of CO2 emissions created during transport," Dr. Monika Wulf-Mathies said. At the same time, the Group is responding to the demands of customers who are looking for an environmentally friendly shipping option. "As the world's leading logistics company, we want to offer innovative and sustainable logistics concepts to all our customers - from the package itself to environmentally friendly transport," Dr.Claude Begle; said.

Deutsche Post World Net is investing the major share of environmental protection money in the company projects devoted to alternative vehicles and fuels. With this effort, the Group is working intensely with vehicle manufacturers and fuel producers as well as with research institutions to promote promising and sustainable technology. Deutsche Post World Net also supports external climate protection projects, including the capture of methane gas in Germany, the promotion of solar energy in Southeast Asia and the reforestation of the Brazilian Amazon rain forest.

By launching the GoGreen Initiative, the Group is underscoring its innovation leadership in the logistics sector. At the end of this year, these and other innovations will be explored, developed and brought to market maturity at the DHL Innovation Center in Troisdorf near Bonn, a new facility that just held its topping-off ceremony.
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