Biofuels – DHL Global Forwarding and Hapag-Lloyd sign agreement for advanced biofuel

“The decarbonization of heavy transport is an important issue that the entire sector must rethink. This is why we are very proud to have found in Hapag-Lloyd a partner who shares the same ambitions for a climate-neutral world anchored in the Paris Agreement. Together, we want to pave the way for booking and complaint and insertion mechanisms to make it easier for shippers to use sustainable fuels,” says Dominique von Orelli, Global Head of Ocean Freight at DHL Global Forwarding.

Advanced biofuels are based on biological feedstocks, such as used cooking oil and other wastes. This material is used to make fatty acid methyl ester (FAME), which is then blended with varying proportions of low sulfur fuel oil. Compared to standard fuels, this pure biofuel product reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80%.

“We are very pleased to have signed this contract on the use of a considerable amount of advanced biofuel with DHL, as we both share the values ​​and ambition to protect our environment and move towards a more sustainable future. green. Biofuel will play an important role in the coming years on our journey to net zero carbon by 2045. This project will bring us closer to offering our customers biofuel powered transportation as a commercial product and thus support them in Their efforts. to reduce their carbon footprint,” says Danny Smolders, general manager of global sales at Hapag-Lloyd.

In line with DHL and Hapag-Lloyd’s sustainability strategy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and 2045 respectively, both companies are committed to providing sustainable logistics solutions and access to sustainable fuels that will support the decarbonization of industry.

Hapag-Lloyd has been testing advanced biofuels since 2020 and offers a low-carbon transport solution using biofuel blends instead of traditional marine fossil fuel oil (MFO). The resulting reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions can be offered as a “green product” on a twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) basis and passed on to customers to help them reduce their scope 3 emissions.

DHL’s GoGreen Plus service is leading the way in the transition to clean and sustainable transport. Under GoGreen Plus, DHL customers are offered various solutions to minimize logistics-related emissions and other environmental impacts throughout the supply chain. As a result, CO2 emissions are reduced in both air and ocean freight, and in addition, the remaining part of the supply chain is made climate neutral through full lifecycle emissions offsetting. Emission reductions also help DHL customers meet their climate goals. With the “Book & Claim” mechanism, DHL can pass on the benefits of reduced greenhouse gas emissions (scope 3 emissions) to its customers. The GoGreen Plus product offering is part of the Group’s mid-term sustainability roadmap for 2030 and contributes to the sub-target of having at least 30% of fuel needs covered by sustainable fuels. In order to reduce CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, the Group will spend €7 billion on sustainable fuels and clean technologies by 2030.

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