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DHL adds sustainable bunker fuel option for full-container load shipments

17 Jun 2021

DHL Global Forwarding on Wednesday (16 June) introduced a Sustainable Marine Fuel (SMF) service for ocean freight as part of their sustainability strategy with the carbon reduction option to Full-Container Load (FCL) shipments.

“The SMF based service makes it easy for our customers to reduce their carbon footprint and has been very well received so far,” said Dominique von Orelli, Global Head of Ocean Freight, Global Forwarding.

“We are very excited that we can now also offer this option for FCL shipments and provide our customers with the opportunity to decarbonize their entire ocean freight trade lanes.”

Customers can choose the use of sustainable biofuels e.g. via the myDHLi Quote + Book function, which also includes a carbon calculator.

Through the “book & claim” mechanism, there is no requirement for physical traceability of the fuel through a supply chain, as the environmental attributes of the SMF are separated from and can be purchased independently from the physical fuel.

When selecting sustainable marine fuels, care is taken to ensure that they are produced with sustainable feedstock and do not conflict with other sustainability requirements, such as food production.

Waste-based biofuels must meet the requirements to be considered the cleanest biofuels currently available on the market according to strict sustainability standards. With the goal of “burn less, burn clean”, the logistics provider aims to optimise carbon consumption across its network, fleet, and real estate.

The use of sustainable marine fuels is an important lever for DHL Global Forwarding to reduce the environmental footprint of ocean freight.

As part of this, DHL has a GoGreen carrier rating programme that allows the freight forwarder to give preference to carriers with strong environmental performance.

Offering a sustainable fuel alternative for ocean freight is another step within the Group’s sustainability efforts.

By 2030, the Group wants to invest 7 billion euros in climate-neutral logistics solutions and cover at least 30 percent of fuel requirements by sustainable fuels, according to their recently published sustainability roadmap.


Photo credit: DHL
Published: 17 June, 2021

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