DHL Global Forwarding has signed a deal with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) to buy 33 million litres of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), described as one of the most significant SAF purchases in the forwarding industry.
The initiative is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s Sustainability Roadmap, which aims to spend €7 billion on green technologies by 2030 and reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050.
When purchasing a DHL service, customers can select a sustainable option and the emissions reduction will be credited to their account. Since it is nearly impossible to physically track SAF from production to the aircraft, this ‘book & claim’ scheme offers a digital accounting system to track and transfer emissions reductions from sustainable fuels. As companies can own SAF by buying and selling it without physically tracing the fuel through the supply chain, this makes SAF accessible for all companies, says DHL.
AFKLMP has made a number of similar deals with customers including a pledge to use SAF on flights from Nairobi in Kenya to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, carrying Total Touch Cargo Holland agricultural and horticultural products.
Bolloré Logistics in Mexico and Air France KLM Cargo are also sponsoring up to 30% of clients’ purchases that use SAF.