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DHL to use biofuels in decarbonisation move

Ocean freight specialist DHL Global Forwarding will use marine biofuels to neutralise the carbon emissions of all less-than-container load (LCL) shipments, in a move to minimise ocean freights’ impact on the environment.

The CO2 compensation for all LCL shipments will be achieved by using biofuels, utilising existing and new partnerships, starting 1 January 2021.

“To fight against climate change, the transport sector needs true decarbonisation. For us at DHL Global Forwarding, sustainable fuel solutions are the key lever to change the fuel mix and ultimately reduce carbon emissions in ocean freight. This is why we have taken the decision to neutralise the carbon emission of all our LCL shipments. Even though we are in unprecedented times, due to the ongoing pandemic, we have to make sure that climate protection and sustainability efforts remain at the forefront,” said Tim Scharwath, ceo of DHL Global Forwarding.

At no extra cost to the customer, the heavy oil that would ordinarily be used is replaced with sustainable marine biofuel onboard a preselected container vessel. The CO2 reduction benefits are allocated to the customer. In addition, DHL Global Forwarding has a GoGreen carrier evaluation program, which allows the freight forwarder to give preference to carriers with strong environmental performance.

Based on the principles ‘Burn Less, Burn Clean’, the engagement within Deutsche Post DHL Group’s global GoGreen program aims to optimise the carbon efficiency of the company’s transport network, fleet, and real estate. 

“Sustainable fuel solutions are a key lever to change the fuel mix and reduce carbon emissions in ocean freight,” Scharwath said.

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