DHL Global Forwarding collaborates with Schneider Electric to introduce an innovative multi-modal shipping model, utilising sustainable aviation fuels.
DHL Global Forwarding, in partnership with Schneider Electric, has launched a groundbreaking multi-modal shipping initiative incorporating sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) to optimise supply chain efficiency and reduce environmental footprint.
The companies have deployed two multi-modal shipping bridges, connecting Singapore to North America and India to North America, strategically targeting Scope 3 carbon emissions from air freight.
Schneider Electric plans to create and implement a total of eight global multi-modal bridges with logistics partners, allowing flexible deployment. These bridges, utilising a combination of air and sea transport, are anticipated to slash carbon emissions on regional shipment routes by up to 40 percent compared to conventional air fulfillment.
Since the March 2023 pilot launch, the Singapore to North America and India to North America bridges, operated in collaboration with DHL Global Forwarding, have demonstrated up to a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions.
Recognising air freight as integral to global supply chains, the initiative addresses its higher carbon emissions compared to sea freight. Despite Sustainable Aviation Fuels being costlier than traditional jet fuel, the project capitalises on savings from sea freight, reallocating funds to purchase SAF, further curbing carbon emissions. Multi-modal shipping, typically employed for business continuity, takes on a new role in this venture, primarily aimed at reducing a company’s Scope 3 carbon emissions.
DHL Global Forwarding’s GoGreen Plus service enhances the model by offering the use of SAF, enabling deliveries with up to 90 percent fewer carbon emissions, fostering a self-sustaining and agile supply chain. Schneider Electric, committed to net-zero readiness, targets a 25 percent carbon reduction across its entire value chain by 2030, showcasing a joint commitment to sustainable logistics and carbon neutrality.