20 Dec 23

DHL's new supply chain policy will boost electrification and sustainable fuels

DHL Supply Chain has announced a comprehensive plan to move towards zero-emission through ramping up electrification and adapting greener fuel alternatives, including biofuels. 

The Green Transport Policy announced by the logistics giant is a significant and determinant step in decarbonisation efforts, carrying several goals: 

  • DHL Supply Chain will convert around 2,000 vehicles to greener alternatives. These options include electric, hydrogen and biofuels such as biogas and hydrotreated vegetable oil
  • DHL Group will invest up to €200 million over the next three years in fossil fuel alternatives 
  • The transformation aims to save around 300,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions 
  • By 2026, 30% of the DHL Supply Chain fleet will run on sustainable fuels 

The policy, aligned with the Group's Sustainability Roadmap, is vital for DHL's future decarbonised transport solutions and for achieving substantial reductions in emissions. Under this guidance, DHL plans to invest up to €7 billion in sustainable technologies and fuels by 2030 and remove 29 million tonnes of CO2 by the same year. 

According to the European Environment Agency (EEA), road transport is the biggest menace in Europe in terms of pollution, responsible for 76% of all the European Union's (EU) transport greenhouse gas (GHG) in 2021. Following the pandemic, the emission rates again increased, and EEA expects the negative trend to continue in 2024. 

DHL is resolute to confront this problem through new goals set by the policy, including saving up to 300,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. DHL says this amount equals discharging 2,200 trucks travelling 500 km per day. 

17 countries included 

The Green Transport Policy covers 17 countries with the highest emissions footprint. "These countries collectively account for 94% of the emissions from our fleet within the transportation sector", says Oscar de Bok, CEO of DHL Supply Chain. By prioritising eco-friendly fuel alternatives, DHL aims to have a 30% share of sustainable drives and fuels across its fleet by the end of 2026. 

In late September, DHL announced its plan to deploy a biomethane-powered fleet of up to 150 trucks in Ireland, resulting in a carbon reduction of 15,000 tonnes annually. Projects on renewable energies are a central pillar in the Green Transport Policy to achieve sustainable fuels for fleets.  

De Bok invites all DHL customers to join their transformation journey to actively support green road transportation, as DHL provides them with a powerful tool to help make supply chains greener. 

The main image is courtesy of DHL.

Authored by: Mufit Yilmaz Gokmen