At Aramex, we are fully aware of our industry’s impacts on the environment. This is why we tirelessly look for ways to reduce our environmental and carbon footprint and push for awareness, sustainability and innovation in the environmental field.
Our environmental commitments are focused on industry-based environmental concerns.
Given that we are in the transportation industry, the major impact of our operations results from four areas: emissions released in our operations; the use of our facilities; vehicles; and delivering our shipments. For these reasons, we continually look for ways to optimize operations, reduce resource consumption and source alternative technologies to increase our environmental friendliness.
Aramex takes pride in being the first company in the region to calculate and report on its carbon footprint. We have been members of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) working group tasked with creating a framework for the decarbonization of the logistics industry. In the same spirit, we are continually seeking to expand on improving on the accuracy and scope of our carbon footprint calculations in order to develop the most effective carbon reduction and management plans.
For the fifth year in a row we have taken active steps to measure and manage our carbon emissions. We report our emissions based on the World Economic Forum’s working group accounting tool, The GHG Protocol. The GHG Protocol is the most widely-used framework through which businesses, governments and other organizations quantify their emissions. The GHG Protocol tools allow us to measure our emissions as CO2 equivalent, which is the unit used for the global warming potential of each of the six greenhouse gases represented as a unit of CO2e. In addition, we measured and reported energy consumption within our operations for 2014, which related to our direct and electricity emissions. We ensure to use the most up-to-date GHG Protocol provided tools and emission factors for our calculations, following methodologies provided by the Protocol to ensure accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Emissions from our fuel (Scope 1) were 38655 tons of CO2e
Per shipment, our scope 1 emissions fell by 13%
Our fuel consumption per shipment fell by 13%
Where possible, we continue to update and convert our fleet to more environmentally friendly vehicles, including Low Emission Vehicles as well as complying with Euro 4 and Euro 5 vehicle emissions standards. We also continue to utilize vehicles that rely on natural gas to further reduce our emissions.
Our Green Champions are employees who volunteer to help us spread environmental awareness within our operations, come up with initiatives to reduce our footprint and undertake different tasks around the office to reduce resource consumption. The program aims to shift behaviors to more environmentally friendly ones. The idea is to promote a peer-to-peer conversation about the environment, in order to instill a spirit of environmental responsibility.
In 2014, our offices around the world celebrated Earth Day, by carrying out different types of environmental activities around the offices and with surrounding communities. These ranged from city clean-ups to tree planting, recycling competitions and ‘lights out’ at the offices. The goal of these celebrations was for our employees to interact with their surrounding environment, and work together on an outdoor activity to instill a sense of appreciation for environment and nature. Due to the popularity of the celebrations and based on feedback from our employees, we will be repeating the celebration in 2015.