Climate Protect measures

GLS is committed to green parcel shipping across GLS participating countries through targeted measures. The aims are to use resources as efficiently as possible and to optimise processes. For futher information on the compensation program, please click here .

Environmental protection

Protecting our environment is a guiding principle at GLS and one that is brought to life by employees across GLS participating countries.

In 2008, GLS launched its Climate Protect (formerly known as ThinkGreen) environmental initiative in order to coordinate and proactively foster the diverse array of activities within the GLS participating countries.

The objectives: Reducing emissions by continuing to add electric vans to our fleet, responsible handling of resources and the optimisation of waste disposal.

We strive to act in an environmentally friendly manner in all areas of the company: from transport planning and buildings through to individual workplaces.

Across all GLS national subsidiaries, Environmental Officers oversee the implementation of Group-wide environmental protection measures.

Conversion of the vehicle fleet

GLS is increasing fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. All vehicles in the fleet – i.e. those used by our transport partners and the in-house fleet of company cars – are gradually being replaced with more eco-friendly models.

Electric vehicles
Increased use of electric vehicles

GLS is increasingly turning to alternative delivery methods, with natural gas vehicles, battery-powered vehicles, scooters, cargo trikes and even in-line skates all used to deliver parcels. These vehicles reduce our emissions and complement our existing fleet.

Transport planning
Journey optimization

GLS uses state-of-the-art, IT-assisted planning instruments to improve operating processes and transport routes. Journey lengths are systematically minimised through optimised route planning.

Green construction

GLS builds in an eco-friendly way, with environmental aspects explicitly factored into new builds, replacement buildings and extension projects. The use of rainwater, photovoltaic technology, recyclable building materials and heat pumps plays a vital role.