Going green with DHL

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As a major player in the logistics industry, DHL Cambodia is conscious of the nature of its business. It is, therefore, determined to reduce the carbon footprints it leaves behind. In fact, this has prompted the courier company to come up with a revolutionary solution that might change the entire industry.

DHL Express (Cambodia) Ltd. Country Manager Mr. Prayag Chitrakar said the company is the first in the Kingdom to use electric vehicles, better known as e-vehicles, for delivery purposes. The initiative started late last year, following the call of its global chief executive officer to become the first zero-emission company in logistics by 2050.

“We are working towards achieving that target set by our global CEO and our main job is to ensure that the last-mile delivery emits the least amount of carbon possible. This was the main reason behind this initiative.

“Currently, we have three e-vehicles which are powered by battery. We charge them at night for as little as $1, very efficient for us. Each vehicle can carry up to 600kg worth of documents and parcels. The terrains in Cambodia is not hilly too, which makes for a smooth delivery process,” he said in a recent interview.

Mr. Prayag, however, admitted that the task was no easy feat considering that there was no supply of such vehicles that could meet DHL’s demands.

“It was challenging. There was no one doing what we wanted to do so we had to consult and partner with other companies to make this happen. We took the initiative to take golf carts, customise and assemble it, before converting it into a delivery van. It works and now we have three e-vehicles.

“This year we would like to continue this effort so we had also worked together with TVS to supply us customised tuk-tuks that fit our requirements. So we now have two delivery tuk-tuks. Although they are not as green as our vans, they run on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) which has lesser negative impact on the environment,” he explained.

Apart from the Go Green efforts, DHL Cambodia is also active in two other pillars of social initiatives which are
Go Teach and Go Health. Explaining further, he said that these include blood donation programme together with the National Blood Bank, raising awareness among children in rural areas about mosquito-borne diseases, providing school supplies and clothes donation, among others.

One of its most recent initiatives is  the DHL’s Women Network, where all CSR-related activities are managed by its female employees. The group has so far visited a few schoolsto encourage students, especially females, to not give up on primary and secondary education in order to pursue a career path of their choice.

“The fact is we are a delivery company. Unfor-tunately, not many women want to do pick-ups and deliveries. So when you have a male-dominated environment, we thought it would empower our female colleagues by having a network of their own,” he said.

“Last year, we did a career event where we inform them about job and internship opportunities in DHL. We don’t want these kids to drop out of school. The Women’s Network, together with a non-profit group, did a good job at inspiring these children. Due to the success, this year a similar event will be held at vocational schools,” he added.

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