DHL Express, World Energy sign deal for 668mn litres SAF

DHL to reduce approx. 1.7 million tonnes of CO2e on a lifecycle basis

DHL Express, World Energy sign deal for 668mn litres SAF

(From left): Tobias Meyer, CEO, DHL Group and Gene Gebolys, CEO, World Energy signing the contract

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DHL Express and World Energy, a leading SAF producer and low-carbon solutions provider, signed a long-term strategic agreement to accelerate the decarbonisation of aviation logistics through the purchase of approximately 668 million liters of sustainable aviation fuel via sustainable aviation fuel certificates (SAFc).

The seven-year contract, to run through 2030, is one of the longest and largest SAFc agreements in the aviation industry to date, according to a release from DHL.

"The agreement is expected to reduce approximately 1.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the aviation fuel lifecycle – this is equivalent to handling the approximately 77,000 annual aircraft movements of DHL Express in the Americas carbon neutrally for a full year. The milestone agreement is further testament to DHL Group’s ambitious Sustainability Roadmap, which includes the goal to reduce the Group's annual greenhouse gas emissions to below 29 million tonnes CO2e in 2030 across scopes 1, 2 and 3."

John Pearson, CEO, DHL Express says: “DHL Express is firmly dedicated to pioneering a sustainable future in aviation logistics. By partnering with World Energy and confirming this milestone agreement, we are taking another concrete leap towards minimising our carbon footprint and contributing to a more sustainable future. We want to inspire more suppliers to accelerate industry-wide production and adoption of SAF.”

Gene Gebolys, CEO, World Energy adds: “We are honoured to team up with DHL on this quest to decarbonise aviation. Decarbonising the hard-to-abate sectors requires commitment across the value chain, and partnerships like the one we are launching today are key to enabling companies like DHL to meet their ambitious climate goals.”

With SAFc, the fuel’s environmental attributes are separated from the fuel itself using a “Book & Claim” chain of custody model. It allows DHL Express to purchase SAFc, utilise the associated emission reductions, and extend the environmental attributes to its customers through the GoGreen Plus service, the release added.

The fuel will be supplied to Los Angeles area airports, close to World Energy’s production facility in Paramount, CA.

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