DHL Express launches sustainable aviation fuel option for customers

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DHL Express has launched GoGreen Plus, a service that will enable customers to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and reduce the carbon emissions associated with their shipments.

This service will initially launch in the UK, shortly followed by Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Australia, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Starting February 2023, customers based in these countries will have the option to select GoGreen Plus when choosing their shipping service through MyDHL+, the company’s online shipping and tracking platform. The service is designed to be fully flexible as it can be selected for individual shipments.

The company will make GoGreen Plus available to all DHL Express customers globally over the coming months, with customers being given the chance to tailor the CO2e reduction they want to achieve and the amount of SAF they use. The GoGreen Plus service was made possible following DHL’s recent collaborations with bp and Neste to supply SAF to DHL Express hubs. According to the partners, the renewable part of the fuel is produced from waste oils. Such SAF from wastes and residues can provide greenhouse gas emission reductions of up to 80% over its lifespan compared with the conventional jet fuel it replaces.

GoGreen Plus is expected to enable customers to bring down their Scope 3 emissions, the indirect greenhouse gas emissions that occur in a company’s value chain, including downstream transportation and distribution. Unlike offsetting initiatives, GoGreen Plus reduces emissions within the logistics sector and can be used for DHL customers’ voluntary emission reporting. It follows the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) philosophy.

The GoGreen Plus service is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s sustainability goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. It contributes to the interim target of using 30% SAF for all air transportation by 2030. In line with its sustainability roadmap, Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to offer a green alternative for all products and services across all divisions.

John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express, said, “We know our customers are committed to reducing their environmental impact so it’s important we’re giving them the means to do so. I’m delighted that our investment in SAF can now be fully leveraged by customers to enable them to bring down the emissions of their shipments. SAF is currently the primary route to reducing carbon emissions in aviation, so this is the most effective way to help our customers make their own supply chains more sustainable.”

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