DHL Buys Sustainable Aviation Fuel - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  February 8, 2022

DHL Buys Sustainable Aviation Fuel

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, signed an agreement with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) for the purchase of 33 million liters of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). 

The three-year agreement is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group's Sustainability Roadmap, which aims to spend €7 billion on green technologies by 2030 and reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050. Deutsche Post DHL Group will increase the blend of SAF in its operations to 30% by 2030. 

"With our Sustainability Roadmap, we have set ourselves ambitious goals on our journey towards zero emissions,” said Tim Scharwath, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight in a statement. “Sustainable fuels are a fundamental part of our efforts. That is why we have committed to covering at least 30% of air freight and ocean freight fuel requirements with sustainable fuels by 2030. At the same time, it serves as another example of the success of our 'book & claim' system, which ensures that reductions in Scope 3 emissions are attributed to our customers.”

DHL expects the partnership to save 80,000+ tons of carbon dioxide emissions by blending SAF with regular aviation fuel in AFKLMP flights. The higher proportion of SAF, the lower the carbon emissions. 

DHL's partnership with AFKLMP will work similarly to earlier collaborations and customers can also benefit. When they are purchasing a DHL service, they can select the sustainable option. The related Scope 3 emissions reduction will be credited to their account. Companies can own SAF by buying and selling it without physically tracing the fuel through the supply chain.

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