DHL Global Forwarding adds sustainable marine fuel option for full-container load shipments

WORLD – DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has introduced another Sustainable Marine Fuel (SMF) service for ocean freight as part of their sustainability strategy.

Following the success of the launch of a similar service for Less-than-Container Load (LCL) shipments, they are now extending the carbon reduction option to Full-Container Load (FCL) shipments.

DHL customers can easily choose the use of sustainable biofuels, such as via the myDHLi Quote + Book function, which also includes a carbon calculator and offering the option of using SMF is another step towards cleaner and greener ocean freight, in line with Deutsche Post DHL Group’s Mission 2050 for zero emissions logistics.

“The launch of our Sustainable Marine Fuel service for the neutralization of carbon emissions for LCL shipments was very successful” said Pramod Bagalwadi, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa.

“The SMF service makes it easy for our customers to reduce their carbon footprint and has been very well received so far. 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, he added.

With the launch of the SMF service, which is now available for all ocean freight shipments, DHL Global Forwarding is not only making it easier to access sustainable deliveries for its customers, but also raises awareness of sustainable alternatives.

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”

Pramod Bagalwadi – CEO, DHL Global Forwarding SSA

The carbon reduction is achieved by DHL Global Forwarding purchasing SMF through partners and matching it with the amount consumed in the FCL shipment and 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.

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

DHL Group wants to invest US$8.3 billion by 2030 in climate-neutral logistics solutions and cover at least 30 percent of fuel requirements by sustainable fuels, according to their recently published sustainability roadmap.

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