Life-science company Novo Nordisk has begun decarbonizing its air freight shipments with DHL Global Forwarding’s GoGreen Plus service, which will amount to at least 30,000 metric tons CO2e in 2023.
DHL offers its customers the ability to decarbonize their transportation through the GoGreen Plus service. With this service, carriers can consume sustainable biofuels on behalf of DHL. The resulting emission reductions are passed on to DHL and allocated to the shippers. For this reason, DHL Global Forwarding is piloting a new greenhouse gas emissions accounting framework of the Smart Freight Centre together with other partners. The idea behind this framework is to transfer the approach of allocating environmental benefits from sustainable fuels to specific customers by decoupling the accounting of the fuels’ environmental attributes from their physical flow. The framework intends to secure environmental integrity and alignment with existing industry standards, while also providing companies with a practicable accounting framework as a first step toward a general industry standard. The GoGreen Plus service can be booked via DHL Global Forwarding’s digital customer platform myDHLi.
DHL Global Forwarding reports that it is recording an increased demand in sustainable transport solutions based on sustainable fuels such as sustainable aviation fuels. Whether in a tender process or in discussion with existing customers, a growing number of shippers are not only requesting greater greenhouse gas emissions transparency but are also exploring sustainable solutions, even if they come at an additional cost. But with the growing demand, the availability of sustainable fuels must be scaled up significantly.
Thomas George, chief commercial officer, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “We feel encouraged that our customers share our view, that the time to decarbonize is now. A growing number of them are already making sustainability an integral part of their business strategy, and we are pleased to be able to prove to them, that with solutions like our GoGreen Plus service using sustainable fuels, transport emissions can already be reduced efficiently today.
“From today’s perspective, e-fuels such as hydrogen and other sustainably produced synthetic fuels will only become increasingly available from 2030 onward. Until then we need to scale up sustainable biofuel usage – and this is only possible in a joint effort.”
Dorethe Nielsen, vice president of the Circular for Zero corporate environmental strategy at Novo Nordisk, commented, “This is yet another step in Novo Nordisk’s continuous support of the development of sustainable aviation fuel. Our air freight accounts for most of our product distribution emissions as we provide life-saving medicines to patients around the world. We want to drive change in this area to help pave the way for other companies to also transition and cut emissions.”
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