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DHL and bpost announce emissions reductions plans

Two major carriers, DHL and bpost, have unveiled initiatives to reduce carbon in their operations.

DHL Global Forwarding, which is responsible for shipping goods, plans to cut carbon emissions in its less-than-container load shipping from 1 January 2021.

Instead of fossil fuels, the company will use fuels derived from waste, which have much lower footprints. DHL has implemented an assessment process, involving criteria which fuels will have to meet to qualify.

The service with the new fuel will be offered at the same price.

DHL has also introduced a carrier evaluation programme, which allows freight forwarders to give preference to carriers with strong sustainability credentials.

Tim Scharwath, CEO of freight for DHL Global Forwarding, said: “To fight against climate change, the transport sector needs true decarbonisation. For us at DHL Global Forwarding, sustainable fuel solutions are the key lever to change the fuel mix and ultimately reduce carbon emissions in ocean freight.

“This is why we have taken the decision to neutralise the carbon emission of all our LCL shipments. Even though we are in unprecedented times, due to the ongoing pandemic, we have to make sure that climate protection and sustainability efforts remain at the forefront.”

Belgium’s bpost has also announced it has introduced LED lighting in four of its sortation centres.

This will allow it to cut the total electrical consumption from lighting in Belgium by 51% to 2.8GWh per year, saving 1000 tonnes of carbon.

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