DHL and Hapag Support Biofuel Growth with New Shipping Agreement

Hapag expands biofuel with DHL as customer
Hapag will use advanced biofuel for DHL's shipments (DHL)

Published Jul 7, 2022 2:23 PM by The Maritime Executive

The use of biofuel in the shipping industry is getting a significant push forward through a new agreement between Hapag-Lloyd and DHL Global, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group. According to the companies, their new agreement on the use of biofuels will demonstrate the scalability of sustainable transport and sustainable fuels while providing a model for carriers and shippers to cooperate to meet environmental targets.

As an initial step under the agreement, Hapag will ship 18,000 TEU of DHL’s volume using advanced biofuels. The companies expect that this will result in a reduction equivalent to 14,000 tons of Well-to-Wake CO2 emissions. It will also lay the groundwork for more involvement of shippers working with carriers on GHG reductions through all aspects of the supply chain. Hapag expects that biofuel will play a significant role in the upcoming years as the company works towards its goal of becoming net-zero carbon by 2045.

“The decarbonization of heavy transport is an important challenge that the entire industry needs to rethink,” says Dominique von Orelli, Global Head of Ocean Freight at DHL Global Forwarding. Together with Hapag-Lloyd, we want to pave the way for Book & Claim and insetting mechanisms to make it easier for shippers to use sustainable fuels.”


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