DHL Express Signs Two SAF Deals with bp and Neste - Smart Energy Decisions

Sourcing Renewables  -  March 22, 2022

DHL Express Signs Two SAF Deals with bp and Neste

 New strategic collaborations with bp and Neste to provide more than 800 million liters of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to DHL Express within the next five years. 

These deals, together with the previously announced SAF introduction in the DHL network in San Francisco (SFO), East Midlands (EMA) and Amsterdam (AMS), will exceed 50% of DHL Express’ target to reach 10% SAF blending for all air transport by 2026. DHL expects the strategic collaborations to save approx. two million tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the aviation fuel lifecycle – equivalent to the annual GHG gas emissions of 400,000 passenger cars.

DHL Express transports more than 480 million documents and packages annually across its global network of 220 countries and territories and with the 800 million liters, the approx. 1,000 annual DHL flights on the route between Cincinnati, U.S. and Leipzig, Germany could be operated by Boeing 777s for approx. 12 years, assuming a 100% SAF usage. In total, this corresponds to 12,000 carbon neutral long-haul flights.

"As the world’s leading logistics provider, it is our commitment to provide green and more sustainable solutions for our customers. The landmark SAF deals with bp and Neste mark a significant step within the aviation industry and validate the framework of our Sustainable Roadmap", says Frank Appel, CEO Deutsche Post DHL Group in a statement. "Using SAF is currently one of the aviation industry’s key routes to reducing CO2 emissions over the aviation fuel lifecycle with currently available aircraft types."

In its Sustainability Roadmap, Deutsche Post DHL Group has committed to using 3% of SAF blending for all air transport by 2030. Both suppliers will provide SAF produced from waste oils. Such SAF from wastes and residues can provide GHG emission reductions of up to 80% over its lifecycle compared with the conventional jet fuel it replaces. In order to ensure that the fuel is sustainable, the use of feedstock that competes with food production or causes indirect land-use change is being avoided.


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