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DHL flies panda couple from China to Finland

January 22, 2018: DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has moved two giant pandas from Chengdu, Chi

DHL transports panda couple to Finland
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DHL transports panda couple from China to Finland

January 22, 2018: DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has moved two giant pandas from Chengdu, China to Ahtari, Finland via climate neutral transportation - the carbon emissions for the flight are offset through a climate protection project. The male, Huá Bào, or Pyry by its new Finnish name, aged four, and the female, Jín Bàobào, or Lumi, aged three, arrived at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland on January 18 by their own charter flight.

The journey of the pandas from the Dujiangya giant panda center took them first to the Chengdu airport on January 17, from where they were flown 6,500 kilometres directly to Helsinki on an Iljushin 76 freighter aircraft chartered for the purpose. They were accompanied by two animal handlers and two veterinary physicians and had a supply of 120 kilograms of bamboo on board. After the official welcoming ceremony at the airport with distinguished representatives of Finland and China, a DHL truck took them to Ahtari, some 300 km away in central Finland, where a local "panda carnival" had been arranged to welcome the long awaited new inhabitants of the zoo.

"We're proud to be part of the 'pandastic' journey of Huá Bào and Jín Bàobào as they make their way to Helsinki, and into the hearts of millions of Finnish people. Extensive planning and organization goes into executing a move like this flawlessly, ensuring the wellbeing of our precious cargo along the way," said Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Greater China. "Offsetting the carbon emissions from the flight of the pandas also highlights the possibilities of carbon neutral shipping options as more companies and organisations choose to GoGreen in their daily operations."

With GoGreen Climate Neutral service, DHL purchases carbon credits from selected projects that meet high standards, reducing emissions and benefitting local communities. The emissions for the panda flight are calculated to be 230 tonnes of CO2e, which will be particularly offset through a climate protection project which reduces emissions by enabling low-income families in rural Chinese province of Sichuan to switch from coal to household biogas digesters. Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to reduce all its logistics-related emissions to net zero by the year 2050, and offering green solutions is an important part thereof.

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