TNT has developed a specific programme to raise awareness of climate change and to act as the framework within which TNT's operations seek to reduce CO2 emissions. This initiative is called Planet Me and was launched in 2007.
Its primary objective is to reduce the environmental impact of TNT's operations and to boost the financial performance of TNT by improving fuel efficiency.
As a global business, TNT strives to improve the social and environmental impact it has on the communities in which it operates around the world. TNT has a distinctive approach to sustainability. Its philosophy means that complying with laws and regulations is not an acceptable goal. The conviction that survival in the long term depends not only on generating profit but in demonstrating to communities around the world that these can trust TNT as a good corporate citizen, a good corporate neighbour and an environmentally responsible operator, is the driver behind TNT's CSR program.
Therefore, the company set up various initiatives both locally and globally through an environmental program called Planet Me whose objective is the transparency of its foot print, the reduction of CO² emissions from its operations and the commitment of its 160 000 employees but also family, friends, contractors and suppliers to reduce their ecological footprint both at home and at work.
Planet Me is comprised of three areas:
Count carbon is about getting the facts and figures right. Using a comprehensive system to continuously measure and monitor CO2 performance in the core operational areas allows TNT to manage its own footprint and support customers in managing theirs.
The cornerstone of Planet Me, Code orange consists of mandatory programmes to improve the CO2 efficiency of the key emission sources being operational vehicles, aircraft and buildings. Code orange uses best practices to continuously improve the CO2 efficiency and drives innovative transport solutions.
With regards to innovative transport solutions electric vehicles are identified as a very useful technology to minimise the carbon impact for pick-up and delivery operations in urban areas. TNT now operates 51 electric delivery trucks in the United Kingdom. Furthermore pilots on the use of electric delivery trucks have started in China and the Netherlands. In these countries a large vehicle fleet is operational.
In 2009 TNT announced a commitment to purchase 3,000 electric vehicles over the next 3 years, together with a consortium of Dutch companies. TNT has committed itself to acquire some 600 electric vehicles through this initiative.
As part of Code orange TNT collaborates with partners to find the most innovative solutions for reducing CO2 emissions. TNT partners with customers to help them reach their own environmental improvement objectives by making well-informed purchasing decisions, and works closely with suppliers to raise their level of environmental performance. Further, to identify the most sustainable, innovative solutions, TNT engages in a range of cross-company and cross-industry initiatives. The collaborative work with United Nations Environment Program led to the development of a Clean Fleet Toolkit designed to be used in developing countries. Pilots have shown significantly reduced fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance costs.
TNT knows that educating and engaging employees to environmentally aware behaviour at work and home will exponentially expand a positive impact on the environment. A number of group-led and local initiatives were set up to inspire and involve employees in Planet Me.
The Drive Me challenge is open to all employed and subcontracted pick-up and delivery and line haul drivers worldwide. The programme is designed to increase fuel efficient driving, reduce road traffic accidents and increase service to customers. It engages, recognises and rewards drivers through national and global driving competitions, pairing them with senior managers and members of the Board of Management, ultimately to win the coveted title of TNT's most fuel efficient, safe and customer-oriented driver.
In a global business environment punctuated by rapid change, the Planet Me commitments are increasingly becoming integrated into TNT operations.