Protecting our environment is a guiding principle at GLS – and one that is brought to life by employees across Europe. In 2008, GLS launched its ThinkGreen environmental initiative in order to coordinate and proactively foster the diverse array of activities within the GLS Group.
The objectives: responsible handling of resources, the reduction of emissions and the optimisation of waste disposal. We think and act in an environmentally friendly manner in all areas of the company: from transport planning and buildings through to individual workplaces. Environmental Officers are employed at all GLS national subsidiaries in Europe; it’s their job to ensure the implementation of Group-wide environmental protection measures.
GLS testing sustainable delivery by e-van in Lille
Since mid November, GLS has been testing parcel delivery by electric van in the centre of Lille, especially in the old town. This green delivery method is one aspect of many GLS projects that are currently being carried out at European level. For this reason, GLS France has launched a new initiative in which the transport partners responsible for the regions of Lille, Calais and Compiègne have been introduced to several electric vehicles. GLS France opted for the eTGE model by MAN, which is renowned for its excellent reliability in the transport sector.
GLS expands its fleet of LNG-powered HGVs
As one of the leading express courier firms in Italy, GLS has taken the decision to upgrade its fleet of LNG vehicles in order to complete long journeys in a way that is increasingly focused on ecological stability. Thanks to the partnership with T & TI Cargo Line Srl, GLS will add a further ten green HGVs to the current 18, the aim being to reach three million environmentally friendly consignments during the course of the year.
GLS Netherlands delivers parcels emissions-free
GLS Netherlands starts with fully sustainable parcel delivery in four Dutch city centres. In Apeldoorn, The Hague, Utrecht and Zwolle electric-powered vehicles are operating. GLS Netherlands also strengthens its commitment to the environment by participating in the Lean & Green programme.
Climate Protect measures
GLS is committed to green parcel shipping across the Group through targeted measures.
The goal is to use resources as efficiently as possible and to optimise processes.
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.
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.
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.
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.