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GeoPost/DPDgroup accelerates in the fight against climate change and submits its net-zero target to the Science Based Target initiative

  • In a context of rapid growth in the e-commerce and parcel delivery sectors, GeoPost/DPDgroup has today submitted both a near-term 2030 decarbonization and an ambitious long-term 2040 net-zero target for approval by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi). This step demonstrates GeoPost/DPDgroup’s ambition to lead on net-zero emissions in the European parcel delivery market.
  • As a pioneer in its sector, the company is taking decisive action to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040 and commits to reduce its scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 43% by 2030 and 90% by 2040 from a 2020 baseline– 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.
  • SBTi provides companies with a clearly defined path to reduce emissions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. GeoPost/DPDgroup expects to achieve SBTi approval in early 2023.

 

Today, GeoPost/DPDgroup submitted a net-zero ambition to the Science Based Target initiative, marking a further step on its climate action journey. The company has submitted a near-term science-based target for 2030 in addition to its target to reach net zero emissions by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement, thus enhancing its overall decarbonization ambition.

GeoPost/DPDgroup reaffirms its ambition to become the international reference in sustainable delivery amid rapid business growth. In this context, the company will contribute to limiting global temperature increases to 1.5°C by accelerating its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction plan.

To mark its leadership, the company is taking decisive action to achieve net-zero by 2040, and commits to drastically reduce its scope 1, 2 and 3* greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:

  • by 43% by 2030 from a 2020 baseline

  • by 90% by 2040 from a 2020 baseline

  • the company will also neutralise all residual emissions (around 10%) through relevant offsetting projects from 2040 onwards.

 

Commenting on this key announcement for the company, Yves Delmas, Chief Executive Officer of GeoPost/DPDgroup, says:

“At DPDgroup, we are strongly committed to energy transition, in line with our leading role in the business of e-commerce and delivery solutions.  Today, we resolutely accelerate on our decarbonization pathway and commit to a more ambitious level of action. Our goal is to play a pivotal role for our customers and support them in developing an ever-more virtuous business model. It is a huge step, but I am confident we can achieve it, as our teams are fully engaged to drive change and meet the highest challenge of our times.”

 

 

GeoPost/DPDgroup’s accelerated decarbonization pathway

To achieve net-zero by 2040, the group will be focusing on:

  • Diversifying the linehaul fleet to include alternative powertrain technologies such as biogas, biofuel, electric and hydrogen-powered trucks, as well as shifting more parcels to rail to increase the share of alternative linehaul transport solutions to 50% by 2030 (100% in 2040).

  • Switching to renewable energy to power logistics sites and offices and driving towards more energy efficiency, with the objective of using 70% of energy from renewable sources by 2030 (100% in 2035).

  • Electrifying the fleet of company cars and on-site freight[1] by increasing the share of electric vehicles to 90% by 2030 (100% in 2035).

This net zero target covers our 20 largest business units in Europe[2]. It is aligned with the most ambitious GHG emissions reduction pathway to limit global temperature increases to 1.5°C versus preindustrial levels.

GeoPost/DPDgroup expects to have its decarbonization trajectory validated by SBTi by Q1 2023.

This important new milestone in GeoPost/DPDgroup’s decarbonization strategy is in line with La Poste Groupe’s objective to reach net-zero emissions before 2050.

 

Sustainability at the core of GeoPost/DPDgroup’s strategy

As the largest parcel delivery network in Europe, the company has experienced strong and rapid growth in recent years. Since 2012, GeoPost/DPDgroup has continuously taking meaningful action to work towards a more sustainable future:

  • The group has been carbon neutral since 2012 and compensates all its residual transport and buildings emissions through credible, certified renewable energy projects in Brazil, India and Indonesia.

  • The group is well on track to deliver to 350 cities in Europe (reaching 110 million Europeans) with low-emission delivery means by 2025 – through 15,000 low-emission delivery vehicles, 6,700 charging points and 250 urban depots.

  • This will result in an 83% reduction of carbon emissions and a 95% reduction of air pollutants in targeted cities.

  • In addition, given the impact of air quality on people’s health, GeoPost/DPDgroup is partnering with Pollutrack to monitor air quality in 20 European cities by the end of 2022.

 

SOURCE : dpdgroup

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