DHL Express has posted a 12% year-on-year improvement in its carbon efficiency for 2014 in the Asia-Pacific region.


Malaysia was the top performer with an improvement of 21%, while India improved by 15% and Taiwan by 14%.


“We are pleased to have achieved continued carbon efficiency improvements in Asia Pacific for six consecutive years through the development and introduction of innovative solutions,” said Jerry Hsu, CEO of DHL Express in the Asia-Pacific region. “The 12% CO2 efficiency improvement in 2014 was a result of our GoGreen initiatives such as deploying our ‘green’ fleets in the region, installing more energy-efficient lighting systems in our facility, and increasing the use of renewable energy where it is available, among others, to further improve the carbon efficiency of our ground operations.”


Hsu added that the company was committed to achieving its target of a 30% CO2 efficiency improvement by 2020 compared to 2007, having already achieved a 23% improvement to date.


According to DHL Express, it has deployed a new fleet of electric commercial vehicles in Tokyo’s Marunouchi district for pickup and delivery services. It has also expanded and upgraded trucks, vans and scooters in mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Thailand. More vehicles are now powered by liquefied petroleum gas, electric and hybrid engines.


In Taiwan, DHL tested a fleet of zero-emission electric scooters that are charged at a solar charging station rather than a conventional grid-power one.


DHL Express started assessing its carbon footprint in 2008, and the programme now covers more than 1,000 facilities across more than 30 markets in the Asia-Pacific region.