DHL Global Forwarding joins United Airlines’ eco-skies alliance program

posted on 27th May 2021 by Eddie Saunders
DHL Global Forwarding joins United Airlines’ eco-skies alliance program

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, will fund the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) via United Airlines, recognizing the key role of SAF in decarbonizing the airfreight cargo industry.

As part of the Eco-Skies Alliance program, the logistics expert is one of the program participants that will contribute towards SAF purchases of 3.4 million gallons (12.87m liters) this year to reduce emissions.

The SAF is blended proportionally to regular aviation fuel for United Airlines flights. The higher the share of the SAF in total, the lower the carbon emissions.

In this way, true carbon reduction is achieved.

The benefits of this are allocated by DHL to the customers, helping them to reduce their carbon footprint.

“We are very proud to take another step on our sustainability roadmap towards zero emissions,” says Tim Scharwath, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight.

“Through this partnership we will be able to show how a market mechanism for SAF can help airlines, freight forwarders, and shippers work together to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, ultimately zero carbon emissions transport sector”.

To help scale up the usage of SAF, DHL will utilize a ‘book and claim’ mechanism for the corresponding carbon life cycle reductions.

Such a mechanism removes the requirement for physical traceability of the fuel through a supply chain via the sale and purchase of certificates or credits.

While creating critical mass of certified SAF, it also provides market access to all within the industry, regardless of their location or size.

“Clean Skies for Tomorrow’s (CST’s) Demand Signal group has developed the SAF certificate concept as a workable solution,” stated Christoph Wolff, head of ‘Shaping the Future of Mobility, World Economic Forum’.

“The ‘book and claim’ mechanism is an essential element of SAF certificates.

“We need frontrunners like Demand Signal group participants United Airlines and DHL Global Forwarding to put concepts into practice so that it can be validated and turned into a formal standard”.