DHL: driving energy saving innovations
Since announcing its 2025 strat...
When it comes to reduced logistics related emissions, DHL continues to pave the way for innovation within the industry.
Since announcing its 2025 strategy, there is no holding the logistic giants back! Following on from its 2020 strategy of ‘focus, connect and grow’, the company aims to build upon these foundations focusing on globalisation, digitalisation, e-commerce and sustainability in order to, “deliver excellence in a digital world,” noted DHL.
Just last week, in order to drive quality business growth, DHL completed its two year renovation of its Cologne-Bonn Airport DHL Express Hub.
Technologies implemented as part of the renovation included:
A 1.3mn litres ice energy storage system with 18 kilometers of piping to improve temperature control
Installing a heat pump and solar panels on the roof, providing emission free solutions
As a result of the renovation, DHL will benefit from improved capacity to meet growing customer demands, while driving sustainability and future growth through the business’s operations. "We are proud to be contributing - sustainably - to the worldwide growth of DHL Express,” said Detlef Schmitz, Managing Director, DHL Express hub.
Today, DHL has announced that works have officially begun to develop its latest warehouse at Manton Wood, Worksop.
Core features of the new warehouse:
Automated 28m high bay
Automated 18m low bay
154 Heavy Goods Vehicles
Electric vehicle charging points
A fuel island
A vehicle wash and a weigh bridge
What does this mean for DHL?
DHL’s latest build’s form part of the company’s latest commitment to reduce logistics related emissions to net zero by 2050. As a result, the warehouse will feature multiple energy saving innovations that will exceed current building regulations for this type of build. DHL's innovations will include: daylight harvesting, intelligent LED lighting, solar thermal hot water, greywater harvesting for welfare facilities and landscaping irrigation.
“We’re delighted to be formally commencing work on our new site, which will provide our customers with some of the best facilities in the UK for the storage and transportation of COMAH products, while reducing our impact on the environment," commented Jim Hartshorne, Managing Director Retail and Consumer UK&I at DHL Supply Chain.
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Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration.
The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing.
“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said.
In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”.
In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips.
Support domestic production of critical medicines
- A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”.
- The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.
Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries
- The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”.
- The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”.
Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals
- An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”.
- The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.
Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages
- The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing.
- Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”.