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DHL, Total Reinforce Collaboration on Energy and Logistics Innovations

DHL Group and Total have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to strengthen their partnership and contribute to the implementation of their global business ambitions in energy and logistics efficiency and innovation.

The two groups said the B2B partnership displays a common desire to work even more closely together on technological and digital challenges and climate issues. Under the agreement, both companies will explore and develop concrete projects alongside their daily business operations and core expertise, including multi-energy offers, sustainable mobility and new solutions for fleet management as well as contract logistics, global freight forwarding, added-value supply chain solutions, road freight and express services.

“Our ambitious target is to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by the year 2050,” Tim Scharwath, a member of the board of management of DHL Group, said. “Alternative drives and fuels, as well as clean energy solutions, are important cornerstones to achieve this goal.”

Scharwath said in collaboration with Total, a major energy player that produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity, DHL will be able to leverage additional innovative solutions to reduce the global carrier’s CO2 emissions and energy consumption.

“At the same time, we will intensify our partnership to implement best-in-class logistics solutions throughout Total’s various value chains,” he added.

The companies said the B2B agreement builds on their long history of commercial relationships in more than 100 countries and will allow the organizations to implement operational excellence, support sustainable business growth and shape innovation in the sector.

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“This strategic partnership marks a new stage of the collaboration between Total and DPDHL Group, enabling the development of new businesses, particularly associated with low-carbon energies,” Momar Nguer, president for Total Marketing & Services, said. “Total, thanks to its worldwide geographical footprint and wide range of products and services, including EV (electron volt) mobility and fleet management solutions, is ideally positioned to support DHL Group in achieving its GoGreen targets.”

DHL’s GoGreen climate protection target is to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050. Interim goals across the main action areas of its sustainability strategy for 2025 include a 50 percent increase in carbon efficiency from 2007 levels, a reduction in local air pollution emissions by operating 70 percent of its first- and last-mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions, such as bicycles and electric vehicles, and certifying 80 percent of employees as GoGreen specialists and getting them involved in environmental and climate protection activities.