United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP Toolkit


Driving Clean Strategy

Our business has impacts: Fuel exhausts impact air quality and human health, especially in urban areas where traffic is dense. There is a growing awareness that the use of current combustion technology and fossil fuels result in health hazards and global warming. Both PM and NOx get into the lungs and cause lung disease, asthma, and cancer. CO2 emissions result in global warming and climate change.

Our customers care: We know that the environmental impacts of our operations, particularly from vehicular emissions are of concern to our stakeholders. This reflects the growing awareness of people from all over the world. The Driving Clean initiative is a response to these concerns and a way of addressing them.

Our aim - cleanest in business: The defined target of Driving Clean is to be the cleanest in the business. Going beyond compliance, we have thoroughly investigated our UK and Dutch fleets, and we have started to invest directly in Euro 5 compliant vehicle technology, surpassing Euro 4. We have assessed methods for reducing CO2 emissions for our entire fleet of trucks and cars, the installation of soot filters, and the use of new fuels and technologies to reduce further emissions. In the Netherlands, TNT and the Dutch government are studying the option of retrofitting the existing TNT fleet. We will actively engage in selected pilots and in recognition of our global responsibility, will issue a global policy on reducing the impacts of our global fleet. Our partner in this project is the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). The mission of UNEP is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

Our global fleet strategy: This strategy acknowledges that different regions in the world are at different levels when it comes to transport and environment. Therefore, in order to make the strategy a truly global strategy and not just a European or American strategy, Driving Clean presents a "progress ladder" that starts with the most basic steps that can be taken to clean up your own vehicle fleet and build up to new emerging technologies that you can experiment with today in order to learn for the future.


TNT's Driving Clean strategy consists of 4 complementary initiatives:

Clean up fleet: test retrofitting with diesel particulate filters on existing fleet to reduce emissions

  • Retrofit: Install a DPF/ soot filter on existing vehicles, reduce PM emissions
  • Partnership with Dutch government to speed up the introduction of DPF for commercial vehicles

Jump to clean: Buy cleaner vehicles upon replacement for the Netherlands and UK fleets

  • TNT will demand Euro 5 compliant vehicles when replacing older vehicles
  • This will reduce NOx emissions
  • 176 Euro 5 trucks already ordered by Mail and Express Netherlands    

Stay Clean: Pilot ‘new’ tech and fuels

  • Drive the development of new fuels and technologies
  • Obtain knowledge and experience for future decision making
  • Focus on CO2 reduction
  • Various pilots already up and running, e.g. Bio-fuel pilot Amsterdam (59 vehicles), Hybrid truck pilot Australia, CNG (compressed natural gas) pilot Berlin/ Germany (43), and an Electric vehicle pilot in London

Promote Clean: Work together with UNEP

  • We developed this interactive tool with easy to implement steps that reduce emissions and fuel use
  • Organize regional workshops (Asia, Africa, South America & Eastern Europe), not only for TNT, but also for other public and private regional fleet managers

Launching the Toolkit from your hard disk

    You can also run the CD's content from your hard disk, which usually is faster than running from CD.

    How to do this

  • Copy the whole 'TNT-UNEP' directory on the CD to your computer's C:\ folder. The folder size is about 22 MB. Make sure you don't change the folder name, as the links will not work if you do.
  • 2. You can then start the Toolkit menu by launching the 'Shortcut to Toolkit' that you will find in the TNT-UNEP directory.

  • It is recommended to copy the Toolkit's shortcut to your desktop so that you can launch it easily.