DHL Supply Chain is to transition around 2,000 of its vehicles globally to greener alternatives, the company has announced.
The contract logistics arm of DHL Group, DHL Supply Chain’s Green Transport Policy is part of the company’s investment in decarbonised transport solutions.
As it transitions to greener fuel, DHL Supply Chain’s aim is to save around 300,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
The company says these savings are equivalent to offsetting the CO2 emissions produced by 2,200 trucks, each driving a daily distance of 500km over the course of one year.
Transport services are a key contributor to the company’s emissions footprint. It says the Policy provides guidance “on the most suitable greener alternative based on factors such as availability, infrastructure, and cost per market”.
As an initial move, DHL Supply Chain will transition around 2,000 of its vehicles from conventional combustion engines to greener alternatives, including hydrotreated vegetable oil, biogas, electric or hydrogen.
Over the next three years, it will commit an additional investment of €200 million in fossil fuel alternatives. The new policy will see investments in the 17 countries with the highest emissions footprint.
Oscar de Bok, CEO of DHL Supply Chain, says: “These countries collectively account for 94% of the emissions from our own fleet within the transportation sector.
“Our target is to have a 30% share of sustainable drives and fuels across our own fleet by the end of 2026, taking advantage of the potential of eco-friendly fuel alternatives through our pioneering Green Transport Policy. In doing so, we are not only setting a new industry standard but also underscoring our unwavering commitment to future generations."
He adds: “By extending an invitation to our customers to join us on this transformative journey and to actively support green road transportation,
we provide them with a powerful tool to make their supply chains greener."
DHL Supply Chain recently announced its plan to deploy a substantial fleet of biomethane trucks throughout Ireland as part of its Green Transport Policy.
It has also committed to a decade-long agreement for investment in domestic biomethane energy production. the news follows an initiative earlier this year that saw DHL Supply Chain introduced the first fully electric trucks to its UK fleet.
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