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DHL GLOBAL FORWARDING DECARBONIZES 100% OF ITS GLOBAL LCL OCEAN FREIGHT SHIPMENTS

Press Release: Bonn, May 2, 2022

  • Since January 1, 2021, DHL Global Forwarding has been neutralizing the carbon emissions of all LCL (less-than-container load) ocean freight shipments.
  • Already over 2,500 LCL customers are benefitting from a reduction of their carbon footprint thanks to the DHL Global Forwarding GoGreen Plus service
  • As of the beginning of this year GoGreen Plus service is also available for both Air and Ocean Freight shipments including full-container-load (FCL)

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has neutralized the carbon emissions of all less-than-container load (LCL) ocean freight shipments since January 2021. As one of the leading ocean freight forwarders worldwide, DHL is committed to make ocean freight sustainable and clean in line with Deutsche Post DHL Group’s “Mission 2050 – Zero Emissions”. By using certified, sustainable marine fuels (SMF), DHL has reduced over 36,300 tons of Tank-to-Wheel1 CO2 emissions for all LCL ocean freight shipments port-to-port. In addition, 52,800 tons of C02 emissions (Well-to-Wheel2) related to pick-up and delivery from and to the ports were compensated with offsetting over the last year.

“Since the start of our decarbonizing process for all our LCL ocean freight shipments, we have been using sustainable marine fuels for 370,599 shipments. We are now providing our LCL GoGreen Plus service to more than 2,500 customers, supporting their carbon emission goals without extra costs. This marks an important step for us at DHL Global Forwarding and validates that we are on the right track in driving sustainable logistics solutions in the maritime sector to contribute to climate protection. Following this great success we have decided to continue the decarbonization of all LCL shipments for our customers at no extra costs”, says Dominique von Orelli, Global Head of Ocean Freight at DHL Global Forwarding.

Sustainability and actions to keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees are the most important topic of today and need a systematic and strategic approach of both public and private sector. As part of its ESG strategy Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 ("Mission 2050"), and strives for clean operations for climate protection. In the logistics industry, ocean freight is one of the fast-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions. For this reason, as the leading logistic expert, DHL is committed to providing sustainable logistic solutions and access to sustainable fuels that will decarbonize the entire logistic sector. DHL’s GoGreen Plus service paves the way to transition to clean and sustainable ocean and air freight transportation. As part of GoGreen Plus, DHL’s customers are offered various solutions for minimizing logistics-related emissions and other environmental impacts along the entire supply chain. Therefore, CO2 emissions are reduced in both air and ocean freight, and additionally, the remaining part of the supply chain is made climate neutral by full lifecycle emission compensation. The product offering GoGreen Plus is part of the Group's mid-term sustainability roadmap for 2030 and contributes to the sub-target of having at least 30 percent of fuel requirements covered by sustainable fuels. To reduce CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, the Group will spend €7 billion in sustainable fuel and clean technologies by 2030.


1 Tank-to-Wheel (TTW): all direct emissions from vehicle operation

2 Well-to-Wheel (WTW): all direct and indirect emissions, also including fuel provision emissions (e.g. fuel production and transportation)