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DHL Global Forwarding Decarbonizes 100% of Global LCL Ocean Freight

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight unit of DHL Group, has reported it has neutralized the carbon emissions of all less-than-container load (LCL) ocean freight shipments since January.

DHL is committed to make ocean freight sustainable and clean in line with its “Mission 2050–Zero Emissions” program. By using certified, sustainable marine fuels (SMF), DHL has reduced over 36,300 tons of Tank-to-Wheel (all direct emissions from vehicle operation) CO2 emissions for all LCL ocean freight shipments port-to-port. In addition, 52,800 tons of C02 direct and indirect emissions, known as Well-to-Wheel, related to pick-up and delivery from and to the ports were offset over the past year.

“Since the start of our decarbonizing process for all our LCL ocean freight shipments, we have been using sustainable marine fuels for 370,599 shipments,” Dominique von Orelli, global head of ocean freight at DHL Global Forwarding, said. “We are now providing our LCL GoGreen Plus service to more than 2,500 customers, supporting their carbon emission goals without extra costs. This marks an important step for us at DHL Global Forwarding and validates that we are on the right track in driving sustainable logistics solutions in the maritime sector to contribute to climate protection. Following this great success we have decided to continue the decarbonization of all LCL shipments for our customers at no extra costs.”

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight unit of DHL Group, has neutralized carbon emissions of all LCL ocean freight shipments.
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Go Green Plus is part of the company’s mid-term sustainability roadmap for 2030 and contributes to the sub-target of having at least 30 percent of fuel requirements covered by sustainable fuels. As of the beginning of this year, GoGreen Plus service is also available for air and ocean freight shipments including full-container-load (FCL).

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To reduce CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, DHL will spend 7 billion euros ($7.4 billion) on sustainable fuel and clean technologies by 2030.

Sustainability and actions to keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees require a systematic and strategic approach from both public and private sector, the company said. As part of its ESG strategy, DHL Group aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and strives for clean operations for climate protection.

In the logistics industry, ocean freight is one of the fast-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions and for this reason, DHL is committed to providing sustainable logistic solutions and access to sustainable fuels that will decarbonize the entire logistic sector. DHL’s GoGreen Plus service paves the way to transition to clean and sustainable ocean and air freight transportation.

As part of GoGreen Plus, DHL’s customers are offered various solutions for minimizing logistics-related emissions and other environmental impacts along the entire supply chain. This leads to reductions in CO2 emissions in air and ocean freight. The remaining part of the supply chain is made climate neutral by full lifecycle emission compensation.