Parcel delivery service GLS Netherlands has introduced climate-neutral delivery for all parcels sent within the Netherlands and abroad. In addition to measures to reduce and avoid CO2 emissions, the company notes it is also committed to full compensation through Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Gold Standard projects.
“Protecting the climate is the number one issue that the economy, logistics and society will not be able to avoid in the coming decades,” said Milo Kars, MD at GLS Netherlands. “All the more reason for us to continue to speed up the ecological reorganization of our company. In order to already offer a fully climate neutral service, we are compensating our remaining ecological footprint up to 100%.”
The company is implementing measures in cooperation with the Climate Neutral Group – a global organization which helps companies reduce their climate impact – through projects that meet the VCS or the Gold Standard. According to GLS, these compensation projects ensure ecological and social sustainability.
This year, the main focus for GLS is on fully sustainable and emissions-free parcel delivery in the 20 largest Dutch city centers. To this end, the logistics service provider is investing in electric vehicles and a charging infrastructure in depots, and electric vehicles are already in use in four city centers.
“It is because of the increasing demand for parcel services that our sector is playing an increasingly important role in controlling climate change,” concluded Kars. “However, a climate-neutral parcel delivery also involves more investments and costs due to new technologies, processes and concepts. This is only possible in close cooperation with our customers; sustainability also requires partnership.”