DHL Supply Chain will transition 20 on-site fuelling stations across the UK from diesel to HVO fuel before the end of 2023.
Produced from biomass such as used cooking oils and waste from food manufacture, HVO is a drop-in fuel, meaning it can be used within existing vehicles without compromising operational performance, and removing the need for new infrastructure or fleet.
More than six million liters of HVO fuel will be rolled out within DHL’s on-site fuelling stations. In 2024, the business plans to install additional fuel bunkers across its network, increasing its use of HVO fuel to over 24 million liters, and with the effect of a full year, the carbon savings impact will be greater.
The rollout of HVO fuel in the UK forms part of DHL’s Green Transport Policy. The policy comes with an investment of around €200m (US$220m) in alternative technologies and fuels to reduce close to 300,000 tons of CO2 emissions in the next three years in partnership with customers. With installation scheduled for completion by the end of 2023, transitioning to HVO fuel is projected to deliver 80-90% carbon savings compared to diesel – with an estimated total of 15,000 metric tons of CO2e savings being expected to be delivered.
Saul Resnick, CEO of DHL Supply Chain UK and Ireland, said, “The installation of HVO fuel across our bunkered sites represents a critical moment in our multi-fuel decarbonization strategy. HVO improves our service to customers by introducing a low-carbon renewable alternative fuel with minimal disruption.
“As an industry leader, we are rolling out HVO at scale and with impressive pace, to deliver immediate and substantial carbon savings while we continue to work toward viable zero-emission alternatives. We are extending an invitation to our customers to join us on this transformative journey, and actively collaborate with us in adopting these greener alternatives, we can provide them with a powerful tool to make their supply chains greener.”
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