DHL Plans to Shift Fuel Stations from Diesel to HVO
- 20-Nov-2023 6:49 PM
- Journalist: Harold Finch
DHL Supply Chain has taken a significant stride in advancing its UK road transport decarbonization strategy, announcing the accelerated implementation of its multi-fuel decarbonization initiative. The company is actively introducing Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel across the majority of its on-site fueling stations throughout the United Kingdom, marking a pivotal move in assessing operational processes and fuel performance.
The installation of HVO fuel is on track for completion by the year's end, propelling DHL toward a more sustainable future. The transition to HVO fuel is anticipated to yield substantial environmental benefits, offering 80-90% carbon savings compared to traditional diesel. DHL projects an estimated total of 15,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent savings, emphasizing the tangible impact of this eco-friendly initiative.
Saul Resnick, CEO of DHL Supply Chain UK & Ireland, emphasized the significance of this milestone, stating, “The installation of HVO fuel across our bunkered sites represents a critical moment in our multi-fuel decarbonization strategy." Resnick further highlighted the seamless integration of HVO into operational processes, minimizing disruption while providing customers with a low-carbon renewable alternative fuel.
As an industry leader, DHL is demonstrating its commitment to environmental stewardship by swiftly rolling out HVO at scale. The company aims to deliver immediate and substantial carbon savings while concurrently exploring viable zero-emission alternatives for the future. Resnick extended an invitation to DHL's customers, urging collaboration in adopting greener alternatives and positioning HVO as a powerful tool to enhance the sustainability of supply chains.
The HVO fuel rollout is set to replace diesel in 20 locations across the UK, with more than six million liters scheduled for implementation within DHL's on-site fueling stations by the end of this year. Looking ahead to 2024, DHL plans to expand its infrastructure by installing additional fuel bunkers throughout its network. This expansion is expected to increase the utilization of HVO fuel to over 24 million liters, contributing to even greater carbon savings over the course of a full year.
The introduction of HVO fuel aligns with DHL's recently announced Green Transport Policy, a global standard aimed at identifying the most suitable green alternative for each market. This comprehensive policy is accompanied by a substantial investment of approximately 200 million euros in alternative technologies and fuels. In collaboration with customers, DHL aims to reduce close to 300,000 tons of CO2 emissions over the next three years, reflecting a robust commitment to sustainability on a global scale. The rollout of HVO fuel in the UK serves as a tangible manifestation of DHL's dedication to fostering a greener, more environmentally responsible future for road transport.