• 04-SEP-2019

GLS now using eight eCrafter vans in Düsseldorf

  • Next step towards 100% emission-free delivery
  • GLS stand at e-CROSS GERMANY
  • GLS intensifies sustainability strategy

Neuenstein, 4 September 2019. Parcel company GLS continues to drive forward emission-free delivery in Germany. Eight eCrafter vans are now in operation as part of the “City Logistics – the Düsseldorf Model” pilot project. What’s more, GLS is also launching climate-neutral delivery nationwide.

GLS launched the project at the beginning of the year with two e-bikes, two eCrafter vans and a centrally located city depot, where parcels can be loaded for the delivery routes. The alternative-fuel vehicles proved their mettle in day-to-day operations. The project has now reached its next stage with the acquisition of six further eCrafters. As a result, GLS can deliver 1,500 parcels a day to the local community in an emission-free manner, thus saving some 40 tonnes of CO2 a year. The acquisition of the VW e-Crafter vans is being subsidised as part of the ZUKUNFT.DE funding project. Looking ahead, GLS expects to increase the CO2 saving in Düsseldorf to some 300 tonnes. The planned next steps include the use of an electric lorry (7.5 t) and the installation of a photovoltaic system (including storage capability) at the Neuss depot.

GLS attends electric mobility event

GLS will be showcasing its various urban logistics projects to the public at the “e-CROSS GERMANY Tage der Elektromobilität” (“days of electric mobility”) event, which will be held for the eighth time this weekend – at the apt location of the Rhine promenade in Düsseldorf. The parcel service provider will also use its 150 square metres of exhibition space to present the various models of its electric vehicle fleet, thus addressing the event topics of electric mobility, autonomous and networked driving, and digitalisation.

Climate-neutral delivery

GLS Germany is going one step further in October by introducing climate-neutral delivery for all parcels. The two key pillars of the new GLS KlimaProtect programme are “offsetting” and “reduction/prevention”. The emissions generated by parcel transport are offset via certified reforestation programmes. Initially, all emissions – 160,000 tonnes a year – will be offset. In the next few years, GLS Germany will be investing in further measures in order to stop as many emissions as possible from being generated in the first place. The Düsseldorf model currently represents the most comprehensive project in this regard.