Blue Dart, South Asia's premier express air and integrated transportation and distribution company, part of the Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL), announced paperless transactions on their new digital portal for all its vendor partners. The online launch event of this paperless technology is a registered event with UNEP for the celebrations of World Environment Day. Under the group’s new sustainability roadmap, Blue Dart has made significant investments in developing future-ready technology that can protect the environment and at the same time deliver excellence in a sustainable way.
Blue Dart recognises the importance to fight climate change and is integrating robust ESG mechanisms into this decade of ecosystem restoration. Blue Dart has executed over 50 percent of its customer invoices online and is working towards achieving a 100 percent transition. Manufacturing paper is energy-intensive; one A4 sheet requires approximately 50 watt-hours. Going paperless will help conserve energy, reduce CO2 emissions, avoid deforestation, protect the natural habitat and strengthen forest-based livelihood opportunities for the surrounding communities.
Through this initiative, Blue Dart will not only protect the environment but also commits to planting a significant number of trees every year. Currently, Blue Dart plants 111,000 trees every year, in order to offset 22,20,000 kg carbon per year on maturity.
Balfour Manuel, Managing Director, Blue Dart, said, “We are a purpose-driven organization and have always kept sustainability and living responsibility at the centre of all our operations. This initiative is our endeavor to inculcate sustainable business practices and at the same time raise the bar on innovation. Blue Dart is a market leader and we believe that if we navigate through our sustainability roadmap, we will be able to contribute to reducing India’s and in the larger scheme of things, the world’s climate change issue, one step at a time. It is up to the world’s large organizations and the conglomerates to change the future landscape of Global Warming and Blue Dart is proud to be taking several steps forward to aid this cause.”
Aneel Gambhir, CFO, Blue Dart, added, “In the journey of being an ESG compliant organization, we have identified sustainable ways to carry out business operations. We are committed to giving back to the community in which we operate and at the same time, we are doing all that it takes to restore and protect our environment. The pandemic era combined with climate change emphasises the urgent need for organisations to invest in the ecosystem before it’s too late.”
As part of DPDHL, Blue Dart’s new sustainability roadmap calls for clean operations for climate protection, a great company to work for all as well as building a highly trusted company. The express logistics provider has launched many initiatives to ensure it is doing its bit to aid the world in its battle against climate change and global warming. The company aims to make all their owned or leased facilities operate at net zero carbon by 2025, drive increased efficiency and use cleaner fuels within their fleet of 6 Boeing 757 freighters, support customers with sustainable and optimized packaging solutions, and design greener products and services through their comprehensive solutions.
Blue Dart aims to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050 under the DPDHL Goal ‘Mission 2050’, wherein, the brand’s goal is to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius. The brand aims to drive its business towards zero-emission logistics as well as set the standard for the future of the express logistics sector and do its part to help the world.
Under the Mission 2050 initiative, over four years, Blue Dart has contributed to over 10 percent of the DPDHL Group’s global target of planting 1 million trees each year. In addition to this, in December 2011, Blue Dart announced India’s first end-to-end GoGreen Carbon Neutral Service across international and domestic markets. This service has been subscribed by over 2,871 environmentally responsible customers till 2020.