Oct 14, 2020

DHL Freight: accelerating green logistics for road freight

DHL
freight
Logistics
Sustainability
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
DHL Freight: accelerating green logistics for road freight
DHL Freight is strengthening its commitment to decrease greenhouse gases and pollutants...

In tandem with the organisation’s GoGreen programme, DHL Freight is publishing its new white paper to introduce measures, services and solutions to help road freight customers improve sustainability in their supply chains.

By 2050, Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to eliminate all logistics-related emissions. In comparison to 2007, the Group’s CO2 efficiency has improved by 35%. By 2025, 50% of emissions are to be reduced. 

Antje Huber, Senior Vice President Marketing & Strategy, responsible for green logistics at DHL Freight, commented: “As a leader in logistics, we want to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero. This is a path that requires courage to test technologies and alternatives, but it also requires persuasion in order to get business partners on board to drive change together. We can reach real decarbonization in logistics only in collaboration with all players.”

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DHL Freight’s portfolio contributes to this overall goal with a range of solutions that also allow customers to improve their environmental footprint through logistics. The firm has already begun to set up decisive standards in road freight today. For example, the premium service DHL Freight Eurapid, groupage shipments can reach their destination in a climate-neutral way within 24 or 48 hours throughout Europe.

When it comes to creating transparency in terms of emissions, digital tools allow for appropriate CO2 monitoring along the supply chain. With the support of certified GoGreen specialists from DHL, customers can evaluate several transport scenarios in terms of their CO2 emissions and optimise them according to their needs.

In addition, DHL Freight is focusing on alternative engine technologies in its vehicle fleet. The organisation already has 30 LNG trucks that burn 15% less fuel than diesel vehicles on Europe’s roads. The company is also testing electric trucks in heavy-duty transport and is promoting hydrogen technologies as the proportion of alternative engine systems in the DGL fleet is aimed to continue to increase.

Rail transport also remains key for sustainability and DHL Freight will focus much more on the sector. Combined transport solutions are worthwhile - particularly on long-haul routes - not only economically but also ecologically.

Image: Deutsche Post DHL Group. 

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Jun 21, 2021

Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight

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supplychain
freight
elonmusk
2 min
Elon Musk’s tunnelling firm plans underground freight tunnels with shipping containers moved on “battery-powered freight carriers”, according to reports

Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports. 

A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers. 

Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US. 

The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two. 

 

Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels

The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.

The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete. 

Tesla’s supply chain woes 

Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue. 

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Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely
 

Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany

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