DHL calls for clean fuel technology research

In a report, Deutsche Post DHL has called for more investment in clean fuels in the industry. The report, ‘Sustainable Fuels for Logistics’ highlights the existing progress for the development of sustainable fuels.

For last- and first-mile legs of a parcel journey, electric vans can be used. Battery technology needs to advance considerably before longer legs – the middle-mile phase – can rely on electricity. Currently this means biofuels and natural gas.

“We want to connect people and improve their lives. And for the Group, this has long since included environmental and climate protection,” says Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group. “Our aim is to achieve zero-emission logistics by 2050. But this goal cannot be achieved with efficiency measures and a modern fleet alone. We also need to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to clean alternative energy sources. This is why, strong cross-border and cross-sectoral cooperation between the political, business and scientific communities is so crucial,” he explains.

Dr Thomas Ogilvie, Labour Director and Board Member for Human Resources and Corporate Incubations at Deutsche Post DHL Group commented: “There’s a lot to be said for e-fuels. They can be seamlessly integrated into existing vehicles and infrastructure. At present, however, they are not economically competitive. And, as with e-mobility, there is still not enough green electricity available to ensure that their production really is climate-neutral.”

“We believe synthetic fuels will reach mass market viability in the next five to ten years. In our view, progress will depend on a cross-border, cross-sectoral approach and the development of global standards to promote the production and use of sustainable fuels internationally,” Ogilvie adds.

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