DHL Global Forwarding, Hapag-Lloyd greenlight deal for biofuel transport

Stade, Germany – May 11, 2022: Ultra-large container ship AL NEFUD,  operated by Hapag-Lloyd,  on Elbe river heading to Hamburg

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has signed an agreement with Hapag-Lloyd for the use of advanced biofuels.

Hapag-Lloyd will ship 18,000 TEU of DHL’s volume using advanced biofuels, which is equivalent to a reduction of 14,000 tons of Well-to-Wake (all direct emissions from vessel operation including upstream emissions) CO2-emissions.

Advanced biofuels are based on raw biological materials, such as used cooking oil and other waste products.

This material is used to manufacture a fatty acid methyl ester (FAME), which is then mixed with varying proportions of low sulphur fuel oil.

Compared to standard fuels, this pure biofuel product lowers greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80 per cent.

“The decarbonisation of heavy transport is an important challenge that the entire industry needs to rethink. That is why we are very proud to have found a partner in Hapag-Lloyd that shares the same ambitions for a climate-neutral world as anchored in the Paris Agreement. Together we want to pave the way for Book & Claim and insetting mechanisms to make it easier for shippers to use sustainable fuels,” says Dominique von Orelli, Global Head of Ocean Freight at DHL Global Forwarding.

Danny Smolders, Managing Director Global Sales at Hapag-Lloyd, added: “We are very happy to have signed this contract on using a considerable amount of advanced biofuel with DHL, as we both share the values and ambition to protect our environment and move towards a greener future.

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“Biofuel will play a significant role in the upcoming years on our path to becoming net-zero carbon by 2045. This project will bring us a step closer to offering our customers biofuel-powered transportation as a commercial product and thereby to supporting them in their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.”

Hapag-Lloyd has been testing advanced biofuels since 2020 and offers a carbon reduced transport solution utilising biofuel blends instead of traditional fossil marine fuel oil (MFO).

The resulting reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions can be offered as a “Green Product” on a Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) basis.

In April Hapag-Lloyd and the Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping signed a Partnership Agreement committing to the development of zero carbon technologies and solutions for the maritime industry.

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