DHL decarbonising all less-than-container load ocean freight shipments

DHL Global Forwarding is claiming it is set to be ‘the first logistics service provider to offer truly climate neutral ocean freight shipments without additional costs’ – through a new green service which focuses on using ‘sustainable marine biofuel’.

In a statement issued yesterday (28 September), the company said it will be neutralising the carbon emissions of all less-than-container load (LCL) ocean freight shipments from 1 January 2021.

DHL said that the CO2 compensation for all LCL shipments will be achieved by ‘using maritime biofuels, utilising existing and new partnerships’.

According to DHL: ‘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. In this way, true carbon neutralisation is achieved. 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.’

The statement said that DHL Global Forwarding’s parent company, Deutsche Post DHL Group, has been ‘exploring renewable fuels as an important lever to minimise ocean freights’ impact on the environment’.

The company said that the ‘key criteria’ in evaluating the suitability of renewable fuels are that they are ‘produced sustainably and do not compete with other needs, for example with food production for land use’.

Deutsche Post DH’s global GoGreen programme aims to ‘optimise the carbon efficiency’ of its complete transport network, spanning not just the ocean freight segment but also the aviation sector and the group’s extensive fleet of trucks, delivery vans and electric bicycles.

As part of its drive to find more energy-efficient solutions, DHL Express has today announced a new daily riverboat freight and parcel delivery service for London.

The riverboat service, operated by Thames Clippers Logistics, will run daily at 7:30am, transporting packages into London. The shipments will be loaded from electric vehicles onto the riverboat at Wandsworth Riverside Quarter Pier before travelling at high speed along the Thames into central London, docking at Bankside Pier for final mile delivery on DHL courier bicycles. 

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor