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DHL Freight: accelerating green logistics for road freight

DHL Freight is strengthening its commitment to decrease greenhouse gases and pollutants

|Oct 14|magazine5 min read

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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