DHL Supply Chain, the contract logistics division of DHL Group, today announced the launch of a new global green transport policy, aimed at setting a global sustainability standard for its transport fleet and substantially reducing emissions, including a commitment to invest an additional €200 million (USD) to invest. $217 million) in investments in alternatives to fossil fuels over the next three years.
The publication of the new policy follows DHL’s 2021 launch of its Sustainability Roadmap, which included plans to invest €7 billion over ten years in measures to reduce carbon emissions, with a focus on expanding zero-emission ecommerce. fleet, alternative aviation fuels and climate-neutral buildings.
According to Oscar de Bok, CEO of DHL Supply Chain, the company’s plans will see 30% of the unit’s fleet running on sustainable fuels by 2026. In addition to the €200 million investment, the new policy will also include a first step towards a transition to sustainable fuels. 2,000 of its vehicles range from conventional combustion engines to alternatives including hydrotreated vegetable oil, biogas, electric or hydrogen.
DHL said the new investments will reduce almost 300,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, equivalent to offsetting the CO2 emissions produced by 2,200 trucks, each traveling a daily distance of 500 kilometers, over the course of a year.
The Green Transport Policy provides guidance on the most suitable greener alternative based on factors such as availability, infrastructure and costs per market, the company said. Initially, this new policy will focus on investments in 17 countries with the highest emissions footprint, which are responsible for 94% of the emissions of DHL Supply Chain’s own fleet within the transport sector.
“Our ambitious goal is to achieve a 30% share of sustainable powertrains and fuels in our own fleet by the end of 2026, capitalizing on the potential of environmentally friendly fuel alternatives through our pioneering green transport policy. In doing so, we not only set a new industry standard, but also underline our continued commitment to future generations.”