Logistics giant Deutsche Post DHL Group’s international courier division DHL Express announced the expansion of its GoGreen Plus service to U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), enabling SMEs to address their emissions from shipping through the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
DHL’s GoGreen service provides shippers with the option of climate-neutral shipping through investments in internationally recognized climate protection projects to offset emissions generated during transport. GoGreen Plus aims to provide real emissions reductions through carbon “insetting,” enabling shippers to replace conventional fossil fuels with sustainable fuels or clean technologies, such as SAF.
DHL rolled out its GoGreen Plus service to DHL Express in February 2023, starting in the UK, with plans to extend it to other markets in the following months.
Under the new program, DHL Express customers can reduce, or “inset” the carbon emissions associated with their shipments, by investing in sustainable aviation fuel when choosing a shipping service through DHL Express’ online shipping and tracking platform, with the program offering flexibility to target specific individual shipments and to tailor the emissions reduction they want to achieve and the amount of SAF they use.
Scaling the use of sustainable aviation fuels forms a significant part of DHL’s Sustainability Roadmap. Launched in 2021, the roadmap includes a series of decarbonization and environmental sustainability commitments encompassing the introduction of more ambitious climate targets and linking executive compensation to ESG goals. DHL’s targets include using at least 30% of SAF blending for all air transport by 2030.
DHL Express announced last year that it had entered two of the largest-ever sustainable aviation fuel deals, sourcing more than 800 million liters of SAF from suppliers bp and Neste over the next five years. The SAF supplied by bp and Neste are produced from waste oils, and can provide lifecycle greenhouse gas emission reductions of up to 80% compared with conventional jet fuel.
Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express U.S., said:
“Consumers have an increasing interest in environmentally friendly products and services, and businesses can cultivate brand loyalty by making an effective commitment to environmental sustainability. We take pride in assisting our customers as they build more sustainable supply chains, and in offering guidance to SMEs that may lack the necessary means to take that first sustainability leap on their own.”