GLS Germany introduces climate surcharge on parcels

Royal Mail Group owned GLS Germany has announced that from 1st October all parcel deliveries will be carbon offset with a 3.5% climate surcharge on all deliveries. The company has also announced a range of other investments in sustainability.

“Our customers are demanding sustainable parcel logistics and at the same time they are ready to take responsibility for climate protection,” explains Martin Seidenberg, CEO of GLS Germany.

“We are now setting an example and will introduce 100 percent climate-neutral shipping from October, thus compensating around 160,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.”

The GLS KlimaProtect system is based on three pillars: compensation, reduction and avoidance. The climate surcharge will be invested in planting new forests and trees. The company is also taking emissions reductions seriously and is investing in e-vehicles and 100% renewable energy. Additional charging infrastructure is being put in, and emission free deliveries in city centres are planned.

“The switch to climate-neutral shipping is an important component of sustainable parcel logistics,” says Martin Seidenberg. “However, climate-friendly delivery concepts require high investment and lead to higher costs. Electric vehicles, for example, usually have smaller loading capacity and significantly shorter ranges.”

GLS Germany is not the first major delivery player to take climate change seriously, with Deutsche Post DHL Group taking a global lead in logistics and final mile sustainability. The German population has a strong appetite for a carbon neutral future, which may well be the reason that GLS Germany and not the wider Royal Mail Group organisation is taking the lead.