DHL and GoodShipping establish decarbonisation programme for container shipping

By James Henderson
DHL Global Forwarding and GoodShipping Programme have joined forced to establish an initiative to decarbonise the global container shipping industry. T...

DHL Global Forwarding and GoodShipping Programme have joined forced to establish an initiative to decarbonise the global container shipping industry.

The duo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to change marine fuel mix, and collaborate in making ocean freight transports more environmentally friendly.

DHL Global Forwarding is to offer its customers the opportunity to select next generation marine biofuels rather than fossil fuels for their transports by sea.

“The partnership with the GoodShipping Programme is a unique opportunity to drive change within the ocean freight industry and to contribute to DHL’s environmental target of zero emissions by 2050,” said Kathrin Brost, Global Head Customer Intelligence & GoGreen, DHL Global Forwarding

“Our joint advanced biofuel service is designed as a supplement to our GoGreen Climate Neutral services or as an alternative, giving our customers even more opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint.”

Deutsche Post DHL Group has been exploring renewable fuels to minimise ocean freights’ impact on the environment.

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Key criteria are that they are produced sustainably and do not compete for example with food production for land use.

Following strict sustainability standards, the waste-based biofuels must meet the requirements to be qualified as the cleanest biofuels currently available on the market.

Based on a like to like approach, the current container fleet can bunker and burn advanced marine biofuel without any technical modifications.

“DHL’s mission to reach zero emission logistics by 2050 made them a perfect partner for a strategic and mutually beneficial long-term cooperation. Together with DHL, we provide global access to every single cargo owner that wants to help us clean up the marine fuel mix,” said Astrid Sonneveld, Programme Director at GoodShipping.

The service is to made available to DHL customers from early 2018.

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