Our commitment to greener international shipping solutions
We’re tackling sustainability as we would tackle any other problem:
By finding solutions that take the complications away from our customers.
As deliveries by land and air generate CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, we have a responsibility to reduce our environmental impact and compensate for our activities
We set high environmental and social standards so that by working with us, our customers are helping to protect the planet for future generations
The Gold Standard Certified climate action projects we invest in are proven to reduce atmospheric CO2, promote biodiversity and re-green the environment. Sustainability doesn’t stop at environmental action: we’ve chosen projects that protect indigenous farmers and support local communities.
Offsetting our end-to-end deliveries CO2 neutral shipping
We calculate the CO2 emissions of every delivery from pickup point to the last mile. We then purchase the equivalent in carbon credits and invest them in climate protection projects proven to absorb atmospheric CO2. This balances out our impact on the environment, making our deliveries CO2 neutral.
Climate protection projects
Rainforest and biodiversity protection in Peru
Located in the Peruvian Amazon, The Madre de Dios Amazon REDD Project protects a unique reservoir of biodiversity, endangered species and indigenous cultures. The project aims to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Madre de Dios covers about 100.000 hectares of rainforest, about 400 km from the historic sight of Machu Picchu.
Renewable wind energy in Turkey
The Mut Wind Power Plant in Turkey's Mut District creates an alternative and renewable energy source. By using wind energy the project aims to replace grid electricity, which is constituted of different fuel sources causing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. This contributes to cleaner air and conserves water, soil, flora and fauna.
Water bunds regreening areas of Kenya
Our partner dig crescent-shaped pits in the ground that collect rainwater in dry areas in Africa, preventing it from washing away over the arid soil. So far Spring GDS has financed 542 water bunds in Kenya through our customer survey. This simple environmental action hydrates and re-greens the landscape, increases local biodiversity, absorbs atmospheric CO2 and helps local farming communities.
Sustainability doesn't stop there
CO2 neutral deliveries are just the first step towards sustainability in all our operations
In 2022 Spring GDS piloted a scheme to reduce the total of our European road emissions by 90% by moving from fossil fuels to renewable biofuels. True CO2 emissions reduction is the most impactful action we can take towards more sustainable operations.
As supply chains are complex, we can’t simply replace all the fossil fuels in our vehicles with renewable fuels overnight. Instead, we’ve calculated the amount of fossil fuels we use and purchased the equivalent in renewable fuels to inject into the broader supply chain. This means we’re a huge step closer to all Spring GDS deliveries running on renewable fuels, and helping our whole sector operate more sustainably.