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DPD takes responsibility for the environment. For example, by constantly improving its carbon footprint, through considerate handling of natural resources and using innovative and flexible delivery solutions. DPD Austria has been certified in accordance with environmental standard ISO 14001 since 2012.

As a company in the transport-intensive logistics industry, we have particular responsibility when it comes to protection of the environment. Steady reductions of CO2 emissions as well as energy consumption at our business locations are a matter or course in order to ensure responsible handling of our environment. On the roads we use alternative drive systems in the form of electric and natural gas vehicles as well as cargo bikes.

 

 

The biggest challenge in the parcel industry is the last mile - the last section to the door of the consignee's house. It is also challenging from an environmental perspective. Repeated delivery attempts, bans on vehicles, access restrictions etc. have an adverse effect on the environment. 

 

Our response:

 

  • alternative drive systems in the form of e-cargo bikes and electric delivery vehicles
  • delivery when it suits thanks to Predict and live tracking
  • large parcel shop network
  • various redirection options for parcels, such as designated neighbour, signature release authorisation, different location, different date etc.

 

98,478 litres of diesel and 287,000 kg of CO2 were saved in this way in the last mile in the last two years. Genuine added value for customers and the environment

DPD in Austria is also trying to reduce its energy consumption off the road in its depots. Consequently, it is increasingly making use of LED tubes. Heating systems have also been modified in order to be able to heat in a more targeted and resource-friendly manner. This has resulted in savings of 100,000 kg of CO2 over the past two years. 

However, our greatest consumption of resources is on the road. Consequently, we use alternative drive systems in the form of electric and natural gas vehicles as well as e-cargo bikes. This has resulted in overall savings of 106,861 kg of CO2 over 527,520 km travelled and 489,987 parcels transported.

The future starts now. Emilia research project

EMILIA stands for 'Electric Mobility for Innovative Freight Logistics in Austria' and is a research project aiming to develop new freight logistics concepts in urban areas using alternative drive systems. DPD was involved in this project along with 14 other Austrian companies. Excellent outcomes from EMILIA: the first DPD City Hub was opened in the lakeside city of Aspern and was awarded the 2017 Hermes Logistics Prize in 2017. The City Hub acts as a reloading point for parcels which are then delivered from there in an environmentally-friendly manner using e-cargo bikes.

17,950 kg of CO2 has been saved to date through the now three City Hubs in Vienna, Salzburg and Linz. Last-mile delivery is performed using innovative e-cargo bikes and electric vehicles. With its City Hubs, DPD Austria is a pioneer and forward-thinker in the area of new urban parcel logistics. They are not only environmentally-friendly, local distribution centres, but also the first parcel shops of a private parcel service provider in Austria. 

Secure packaging is important, but consideration can be given to the environment here too. DPD offers a reusable shipping system for this purpose - the SHUTTLE-BOX®.

The nestable plastic boxes in four different sizes save consignees from having to dispose of packaging material and help consignors save on expensive packaging material and padding as well ARA (Austrian packaging compliance scheme) tariffs. Over 130,000 wrappers were saved in 2016 and 2017. 

In 2015, DPD Austria was awarded the Hermes Verkehrs.Logistik.Preis in the Sustainability category for the SHUTTLE-BOX®. This prize is awarded annually by the Federal Association for Transport & Traffic at the Austrian Chamber of Commerce to companies that are committed to environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient measures and processes.

DPD introduced an environmental management system several years ago in order to improve environmental impact on an ongoing basis and ensure compliance with environmental legislation.
Updating to the new environmental management system ISO 14001:2015 allowed DPD to take further steps towards protecting the environment.

 

ISO 14001:2015 is an international standard that defines a structure for the introduction and further development of an environmental management system.
It ensures the achievement of specific environmental aims and continuously improves a large number of procedures. ISO14001:2015 is reviewed regularly by an external certification body.

 

In addition to ISO, DPD is also bound by specific international environmental procedures: By introducing an environmental database, which keeps an accurate record of consumption in the depots and on the road, we are able to uncover potential for improvement and savings in an even more targeted manner. Whether in the case of energy consumption, water consumption, materials, the vehicle fleet or waste. Only when you know exactly what is consumed where can you make efficient and targeted savings.