Kaufland chooses DHL’s sustainable marine fuel option
German retailer Kaufland is taking a leap towards decarbonising its operations, with the company choosing DHL’s sustainable marine fuel option for its ocean transports.
Kaufland is one of the first major customers in Germany to use the GoGreen Plus service for all full container load (FCL) transports.
This step is expected to decrease the company’s annual carbon emissions by approximately 12,000 tonnes of CO2e (TtW).
“Our service opens up the use of sustainable marine fuels and is proving to be very popular with our customers,” said Felix Heger, Head of Ocean Freight and China Rail, DHL Global Forwarding Germany.
“The demand for green transport solutions is growing steadily as companies are becoming increasingly aware of, and indeed taking on their environmental responsibility,” Heger said.
“We are delighted with Kaufland’s decision: We need prominent, strong partners to take this step with us and show that sustainability and economic viability are not mutually exclusive,” he said.
DHL Global Forwarding has been working with Kaufland for over 12 years and handles its non-food merchandise ocean transports, 70 percent of which are shipped via the main trade lane between China and Germany.
“We have been working successfully with DHL Global Forwarding for many years and are pleased to be taking this next step together,” said Alexander Frohmann, Managing Director International Transport Logistics at Kaufland.
“Sustainable marine fuel allows us to make our ocean transports more sustainable as we can reduce our carbon emissions while continuing to offer our customers products from all over the world,” Frohmann said.
As part of its overarching climate strategy, the Schwarz Group aims to reduce its operational greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 55 percent as compared to 2019 by 2030. In line with this, Kaufland has set itself the target of reducing its operational greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent within the same period. Various measures to reduce, avoid or offset carbon emissions in operations and the supply chain are to help the company achieve its target.