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10 December 2021

BioLNG decarbonizes transport: DHL offers sustainable fuel alternative for road freight

DHL Freight and Shell introduce BioLNG to road freight transport as partners in a pilot project for the Danish pump manufacturer Grundfos. As one of the leading providers of heavy-duty and road freight services in Europe, the pilot BioLNG solution from DHL and Shell on three haulier trucks is an exciting step towards reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector with promising results.

Since its start in June the three trucks saved 85 % of CO2 compared to Diesel trucks on 89.900 driven kilometres which equals to 87 tons of CO2. This astonishing result of the first five months of the project shows the possibilities offered by BioLNG to decarbonize transport.

"The logistics industry is currently responsible for 11 percent of global carbon emissions. To fight against climate change, the transport sector needs true decarbonization," says CEO DHL Freight Uwe Brinks. To tackle the impact of the logistics supply chain on Europe’s set climate goals, alternative fuels are an important pillar next to fleet renewal and engine retrofitting.

With the sustainably fuelled trucks, Grundfos can improve its linehaul between its production sites in Denmark and France with cleaner road freight and betters its overall carbon footprint in production. Since the BioLNG from Shell is produced from agricultural waste, it binds CO2 and meets the criteria of the Renewable Energy Directive 2 (REDII) of the European Union, making it an important part of a sustainable circular economy. Through the reduction in emissions attributed to Grundfos, the company successfully decarbonizes its supply chain.

In this way, freight carriers are able to offer a commercially viable way to reduce emissions for their industry partners. "The pilot results indicate that BioLNG can already today reduce CO2 emissions to contribute to the GHG reductions needed to reach the EU’s 2030 climate targets. That is very promising and good news to the sector,” says Fabian Ziegler, Managing Director of Shell Germany.

The implementation of a BioLNG blend to Shells network in the Netherlands, as well as a new gas liquefaction plant in Rheinland to offer BioLNG to the entire German network, enhance the availability of sustainable alternative fuels in the centre of Europe and therefore at important hubs for European transport. With a possible volume of 100.000 tons per year, the new plant could reduce carbon emissions caused by long-distance haulage by up to a million tonnes.

In this way, companies throughout Europe are working together to create readymade solutions to decarbonize their industries and offer new solutions in terms of what can be done with available technologies to meet Europe’s climate goals in time.


The official Deutsche Post Press Release can be accessed here

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