DHL Group and Air France-KLM Enter Partnership for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Published on: 9 February 2022 10:00 AM
by KnowESG

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DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight division of logistics giant Deutsche Post DHL Group, announced an agreement to purchase 33 million litres of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP), marking one of the largest SAF purchases in the Freight Forwarding industry to date.

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The three-year deal is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group's Sustainability Roadmap, which intends to invest €7 billion in green technology by 2030 and achieve zero emissions in logistics by 2050. By 2030, Deutsche Post DHL Group plans to boost the use of SAF in its operations to 30%.

Adriaan den Heijer, EVP Air France KLM Cargo and Managing Director Martinair, said: “The Air France KLM Martinair Cargo teams are strongly committed and feel responsible for creating a sustainable future for our industry. This deal is a great opportunity to accelerate our joint sustainability efforts. Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has a lot of potential to reduce CO2 emissions and we are delighted to collaborate with our strong, long-term partner DHL Global Forwarding on this journey to greener logistics and transportation in the coming years.”

DHL's recently established 'book and claim' system, which allows customers to choose a sustainable choice when purchasing services, with relevant Scope 3 emissions reductions credited to their account utilising a digital accounting system to track and transmit emissions reductions from sustainable fuels. The method allows businesses to purchase SAF without having to physically track it through the supply chain.

By combining SAF with standard aviation fuel in AFKLMP aircraft, DHL expects the partnership to reduce 80,000+ tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.  The larger the fraction of SAF, the lesser the carbon emissions,