DHL launches Carbon Calculator system

With CO2 emissions an ever growing considerations in logistics and delivery, DHL has now launched an accurate new tool called the DHL Carbon Calculator that enables its customers to calculate the transport related emissions for nearly all shipment sizes and modes of transport through the German delivery giant.

Calculations are made through intelligent algorithms and can be made online through the DHL portal.

“While many other computational tools provide only a rough estimate of the transport emissions and the route, the Carbon Calculator taps into real logistics data,” said Kathrin Brost, Vice President, Green Strategy and Customer Intelligence at DHL Global Forwarding.

The data that is used includes the actual route to the nearest airport or harbour as well as the main leg by sea or air, as well as the last mile in the destination country.

According to Katharina Tomoff, Vice President, Shared Value, Deutsche Post DHL Group, “With the intuitively operated Carbon Calculator , our customers can determine in advance the exact environmental impact of their shipment – at any time, from any place and free of charge.”

In order to calculate the emissions for a unit’s delivery across the world, customers will enter the sender’s as well as receiver’s locations. They will additionally put in the weight and volume of a shipment as well as the preferred mode of transport. The DHL Carbon Calculator will recommend and calculate the amount of Co2 equivalent emissions that the delivery of the item will generate from these factors.

Carbon trading can then be more accurately done, saving the company money through more accurate calculations.