Protecting our world and the environment is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. That’s why we carbon offset every parcel sent when dropping off at DHL Service Point, booking a collection online via DHLitNow or booking a collection over the phone. This means that we fund climate protection projects across the world to compensate for the carbon emissions produced by delivering your parcel.
We’re also teaching and encouraging our employees to live greener and participate in carbon-reducing projects. As a customer, you can also reduce your carbon footprint at home and at work – here are some ideas to get you started.
How can I reduce my carbon footprint?
In the UK, the average person’s carbon footprint is around 4.7 tonnes per year and in 2019 we emitted an estimated 354 million tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. Although this number has decreased over the last couple of decades due to improvements in technology, there is still a long way to go and we can all take steps to help.
- Make travel greener by walking, cycling or using public transport where possible. Transport emissions make up the majority of our household footprint, so making small adjustments can make a big difference.
- Use recyclable packaging when sending parcels and printing less where possible will help reduce your carbon footprint. Waste recycling and reducing the amount of plastic we buy will help too. Re-use bags instead of throwing them away and opt for products that use recyclable packaging.
- Eat less meat and shop local. Meat and animal products not only need more land which destroys trees and wildlife, they also need more water, food and resources which all has an impact on carbon levels. If you do eat meat, eating locally produced food can help reduce the transportation footprint of the product.
- Buy less fast fashion – this is a growing cause of carbon emissions due to the mass amount that’s made and then thrown away, ending up in landfill sites. Large quantities of online deliveries and returns are also increasing transport and wasted products, causing increased emissions.
- More efficient heating at home can really help to reduce our footprint. Those living in homes using oil-based fuels can ask for government grants to upgrade their homes to more efficient boilers. Installing better insulation such as double glazing helps keep heat in, resulting in less energy being used and therefore less emissions.
- Use sustainable electricity from sources such as solar panels and wind power, as well as reduce the amount we use by turning off appliances and lights when we’re not using them. Using smart products not only use less electricity but also allow us to monitor them easily from a mobile device, so we can turn them on and off when needed, resulting in less energy wasted.