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  • Joe Breitfeller

DHL Purchases 33 Million Liters of SAF From Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo

DHL has signed a deal with Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo for the purchase of 33 million liters of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), in a three-year deal representing one of the Freight Forwarding industry’s most significant SAF purchases.

DHL Continues on the Path to Zero Logistics-Related Emissions by 2050 With the Purchase of 33 Million Liters of SAF From Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo - Courtesy DHL

On Tuesday (February 8, 2022), DHL Global Forwarding, the air and freight specialist of the Deutsche Post DHL Group, announced the signing of a purchase agreement for 33 million liters of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP). The three-year partnership represents one of the most significant SAF purchases in the Freight Forwarding industry, and is part of the Group’s Sustainability Roadmap, which aims to spend €7.0 billion on green technologies by 2030, and to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050.

In Tuesday’s announcment, DHL Global Forwarding and Freight’s CEO, Tim Scharwath, said,

“With our Sustainability Roadmap, we have set ourselves ambitious goals on our journey towards zero emissions. Sustainable fuels are a fundamental part of our efforts. That is why we have committed to covering at least 30 percent of air freight and ocean freight fuel requirements with sustainable fuels by 2030. Our partnership with AFKLMP will help us achieve that goal. At the same time, it serves as another example of the success of our ‘book & claim’ system, which ensures that reductions in Scope 3 emissions are attributed to our customers. We must all work together to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon – and ultimately zero-carbon – emissions transport sector. After all, we only have one planet.”

Also commenting on the SAF partnership with DHL, Air France-KLM Cargo’s EVP and Managing Director of Martinair, Adriaan den Heijer, 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 Global Forwarding Purchases 33 Million Liters of Sustainable Aviation Fuel - Infographic Courtesy of DHL

DHL’s partnership with AFKLMP will work the same way as earlier collaborations, allowing customers to select a sustainable option through a ‘book and claim’ system, with the related Scope 3 emissions reduction credited to their account. The book & claim system offers a digital accounting system to track and transfer emissions reductions from SAF across the value chains. Companies can thereby own SAF by buying and selling it without physically tracing the fuel through the supply chain.

Source: DHL Global Forwarding