Green fleet and "soft transport": DHL Express France unveils its ambitions for 2021

Par ediallo - 10 June, 2021 - 22:08

Green and soft are the watchwords of DHL Express France for its 2021 roadmap. The express company wants to triple its investments in its electric fleet and double the number of its shipments in green pickup and delivery solutions on the first and last mile.

DHL Express France plans to double its deliveries in "green solutions" in 2021, i.e. 3 million, to further reduce its carbon footprint, out of the 42 million parcels managed annually today.

The express delivery company still wants to develop its electric fleet as well as all the "soft transport" modes that will enable it to reach its objective. DHL has already received 28 electric vans - 19 Renault Master and 9 Volkswagen e-Crafter - and will invest another 3 million euros to acquire 74 new electric vans, three times more than last year.

70% green by 2025

About 100 French cities now have about 100 electric vehicles, out of a total fleet of 2,000 units. In France, we plan to use green transport for 70% of our first and last mile pick-ups and deliveries by 2025," says Philippe Prétat, CEO of DHL Express France.

That's why we are going to triple our investments this year compared to last year to significantly increase the number of electric vehicles and that we are moving into higher gear in terms of soft transport."

On the lookout for new solutions

DHL Express has just signed a partnership with Urb-it, which specializes in deliveries on foot and by bicycle in the Paris region. The latter joins the pool of fifteen partners who provide services without motorization for the first and last kilometers, such as the three-wheeler.

"We are very attentive to all the developments that can help us reduce our carbon footprint. The latest advances by manufacturers in terms of vehicle autonomy and loading capacity are very important to enable us to achieve our objective," continues Philippe Prétat.

We are also constantly on the lookout for new collaborative delivery solutions and are focusing on limiting our travel with Relais Colis® proximity points, lockers, increasing the first-pass delivery rate, etc.

There is no single solution for reducing the carbon footprint, it is a question of implementing a whole range of means to meet the challenge."

A global challenge

It must be said that the Deutsche Post DHL Group is doing everything it can to minimize the emissions of its activities, as it has set itself the goal of zero emissions by 2050. It has also planned to invest in alternative aviation fuels, as well as in carbon-neutral buildings and electric vehicle fleets.

Already by 2030, 80,000 units will have to be in service, i.e. 60% of the fleet. To achieve this at the European level, a partnership has been concluded with Fiat for the purchase of 100 Fiat E-Ducato utility vehicles, electric vans with a large loading capacity and a range of up to 200 km.

MARIE-HELEN GALLON