DHL Global Forwarding and Hapag-Lloyd sign agreement for use of advanced biofuels

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DHL Global Forwarding has signed an agreement with Hapag-Lloyd for the use of advanced biofuels. In what has been described as an initial step, Hapag-Lloyd will ship 18,000 TEU of DHL’s volume using advanced biofuels, which is equivalent to a reduction of 14,000 tons of Well-to-Wake CO2-emisisons.

DHL Global Forwarding and Hapag-Lloyd sign agreement for use of advanced biofuels
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In a joint statement, the two companies said they shared the vision of decarbonizing container shipping and logistics and are both pledging for a uniform industry standard, following the insetting approach.

Commenting on the announcement, Dominique von Orelli, Global Head of Ocean Freight at DHL Global Forwarding, stated:

“The decarbonization of heavy transport is an important challenge that the entire industry needs to rethink. That is why we are very proud to have found a partner in Hapag-Lloyd that shares the same ambitions for a climate-neutral world as anchored in the Paris Agreement. Together we want to pave the way for Book & Claim and insetting mechanisms to make it easier for shippers to use sustainable fuels.”

Danny Smolders, Managing Director Global Sales at Hapag-Lloyd, added:

“We are very happy to have signed this contract on using a considerable amount of advanced biofuel with DHL, as we both share the values and ambition to protect our environment and move towards a greener future. Biofuel will play a significant role in the upcoming years on our path to becoming net-zero carbon by 2045. This project will bring us a step closer to offering our customers biofuel-powered transportation as a commercial product and thereby to supporting them in their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.”

According to the two logistics giants, compared to standard fuels, the pure biofuel the companies shall use lowers greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80%.

Hapag-Lloyd says it has been testing advanced biofuels since 2020, and offers a carbon reduced transport solution utilizing biofuel blends instead of traditional fossil marine fuel oil (MFO). The shipping company adds that resulting reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions can be offered as a “Green Product” on a Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) basis and thereby transferred to customers in order to help reduce their Scope 3 emissions.

Meanwhile, DHL has said that as part of its GoGreen Plus scheme, DHL customers are offered various solutions for minimizing logistics-related emissions and other environmental impacts along the entire supply chain.

Finally, the joint statement underlined that DHL’s and Hapag-Lloyd’s sustainability strategy is to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and 2045 respectively.


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