DHL publicly committed itself this spring to a list of requirements for decarbonisation and environmental sustainability. The company agreed to invest 7 billion euros over the next decade to reduce CO2 emissions, pledged to devote special attention to alternative types of aviation fuel and to expand its fleet of electric vehicles and use of climate-neutral buildings.
The environmental nature of sea shipments has attracted a considerable amount of attention world-wide. According to data from the European Maritime Safety Agency, about 3 % of world-wide greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to shipping. DHL says that its customers sending goods by sea can now choose an option to use environmentally safe shipping fuel – a way of decarbonising its delivery chain.
The first customer taking advantage of this new service is the Swedish clothing company Lindex, which has announced its intention to make all its sea shipments carbon-neutral. The company says the creation of a climate-neutral business model should be the “new normal” throughout the world – and using sea shipments with environmentally clean fuel is a natural step to be taken. The European Union, which intends to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 proposes that by 2030 Europe should see a minimum of 30 million cars with zero emissions. About 100 cities are to become carbon neutral and ships coming into ports will have zero emissions. The EU is also proposing the development of a market of synthetic marine fuel.