Frank Appel, CEO, Deutsche Post DHL Group inaugurates Asia Pacific’s first solar powered DHL Express Service Center in India
Mumbai, 24 April, 2017: Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, today inaugurated in India the first DHL Express Service Center in the Asia Pacific region powered by solar energy. Located in Goregaon, Mumbai, the 25,000 sq ft facility uses solar-powered panels that reduce the consumption of grid electricity by 30 percent. The successful adoption of “green technology” paves the way for increased use of alternative energy sources in current and new facilities going forward.
To further support growth in the country, over thenext three years, the company also plans to invest close to €45 million in newupcountry developments, upgrading and expanding its infrastructure andbolstering its retail presence.
Frank Appel, CEO, Deutsche Post DHL Group, said,“India’s integration into the global economy has been accompanied by economicgrowth and progressive policy initiatives. With the country emerging as aglobal trade hub, India remains a critical growth market for us and we willcontinue to invest proactively to support the business here.”
The Goregaon Service Center is the company’s 45thService Center in the country, and the 6th in Mumbai, in addition to theexisting centers in Andheri, Byculla, Thane, Vashi and Vidyavihar. Thefacility, which will enhance pickup and delivery network capabilities for DHLin Mumbai, continues the ongoing DHL Express commitment to invest ininfrastructure, fleet, technology and people, to deliver high quality timedefinite delivery services to its customers.
Setting the benchmark for responsible businesspractices
Globally, DHL Express has actively adopted greeninitiatives as part of DPDHL Group’s GoGreen environmental protection program.These initiatives are built on two basic principles of ‘burn less’ and ‘burnclean’. The Goregaon Service Center is in line with DPDHL Group’s climateprotection goal of reducing all logistics-related emissions to net zero by theyear 2050.
“As our previous commitment to improve carbonefficiency by 30% over the 2007 baseline by 2020 was achieved last year, fouryears ahead of schedule, we have now made a bolder promise – to achieve zeroemissions in logistics by 2050. This new facility in Mumbai is a great exampleof how we’re improving business efficiency by enhancing our reach, and adoptinggreen technologies across our network,” Appel added.
In India, DHL Express has taken proactive steps toalign with the Group’s vision by adopting green practices such as effectivelyusing LED lights across 22 of its facilities and a fleet of vehicles running onclean fuel (compressed natural gas).
Commenting on the launch, RS Subramanian, Senior VicePresident & Country Manager, DHL Express India, said, “Over the years, DHLExpress has undertaken strategic investments to strengthen our networkcapabilities in order to provide high quality time definite services to ourcustomers. The Goregaon Service Center is the first solar powered DHL ExpressService Center in the region, and can pave the way for increased use of solarpower in all our facilities. As the first logistics company to provide a carbonneutral shipping solution to enable our customers to achieve their own climateprotection targets, we remain committed to reducing the impact of our businessoperations on the environment.”
DHL Express has maintained its leadership position inIndia for more than 35 years, and provides access to 598 cities and over 33,000locations within the country. DHL Express India has over 60,000 customersincluding importers, exporters, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, and small andmedium sized businesses. With a robust nationwide network of over 400 vehicleson road, 19 weekly inter-continental flights, 67 daily international and80 domestic commercial flights, DHL customers in India have access to aninternational network of over 220 countries and territories.