Oct 14, 2020

DHL Freight increases commitment to green logistics

DPDHL
Sustainability
Technology
Carbon emissions
Georgia Wilson
2 min
DHL lorry on the road
DHL Freight announces further commitments to reduce greenhouse gases and pollutants, in line with its GoGreen program...

In a recent announcement made by DHL Freight, the company has reported further commitments to reducing its greenhouse gases and pollutants in line with its GoGreen program.

In its recent white paper, DHL Freight introduces measures, services and solutions to help its customers improve their supply chain sustainability. 

By 2050 Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to reduce its logistics emissions to zero, with 50% expected to be reduced by 2025. Sustainable achievements the group has made so far include a 35% improvement compared to 2007 for its CO2 efficiency.

"As a leader in logistics, we want to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero. This is a path that requires courage to test technologies and alternatives, but it also requires persuasion in order to get business partners on board to drive change together. We can reach real decarbonization in logistics only in collaboration with all players," says Antje Huber, Senior Vice President Marketing & Strategy, responsible for green logistics at DHL Freight.

As part of its portfolio, DHL Freight has a range of solutions to help its customers improve their environmental footprint via logistics, including:

  • Its premium service DHL Freight Eurapid which allows groupage shipments to reach their destination in a climate-neutral way in 24 to 48 hours 
  • Digital tools that enable appropriate CO2 monitoring in the supply chain to develop emissions transparency
  • The support of certified GoGreen specialists to evaluate transport scenarios 
  • The use of alternative engine technologies in its vehicle fleet
  • The use of 30 LNG trucks that use 15% less fuel than diesel in Europe
  • The testing of electric rucks in heavy duty transport and promoting hydrogen technologies

“In situations where emissions cannot be avoided at present, DHL Freight invests in recognised climate protection projects to ensure certified compensation. This contributes to the climate neutralization of the entire supply chain,” commented DHL in a company statement. 

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May 21, 2021

Four CPG giants to fund sustainable accelerator programme

Sustainability
accelerator
incubator
ABInbev
Kate Birch
3 min
With the aim of fast-tracking a shift towards sustainable solutions, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Colgate Palmolive and AB InBev partner to fund innovations

Breakthrough ideas can come from anywhere and anyone. That’s the premise behind the coming together of The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive in the funding and support of world-leading brewer AB InBev’s 100+ Accelerator program.

These four consumer packaged goods multinationals will leverage both their size and resources to fast-track a shift toward sustainable solutions by mobilising some of the world’s sharpest thinkers to solve some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.

The aim of this collaboration is to “supercharge adoption of sustainable solutions by funding the accelerating fantastic innovations that will change the world by making all of our businesses more sustainable”, says Tony Milkin, chief procurement, sustainability and circular ventures officer at AB InBev.

“Sustainable business is smart business, and we are working to solve huge problems that no one company can handle alone. With our combined global reach, we can accelerate progress towards a more sustainable future.”

What is the 100+ Accelerator program?

Originally launched in 2018, 100+ Accelerator is a global incubator program that aims to solve key supply chain challenges across water stewardship, circular economy, sustainable agriculture and climate action.

It offers size and scale to passionate entrepreneurs to help bring their solutions to market faster, and the program’s first two cohorts have already piloted 36 innovations in 16 countries, with participating startups raising more than US$200m to help them scale globally.

Among the established innovators are those already creating huge impact on sustainability, with projects including the first solar thermal plant in Africa, recycled electric vehicle batteries that store renewable electricity in China, and upcycling saved grains from the brewing process to produce nutritious foods in the US.

  • The implementation of green cleaning solutions to reduce water and energy use in brewing operations in Colombia
  • Solutions delivering traceability and insurance for smallholder farmers in Africa and South America
  • The collection of more than 1,000 tons of glass waste in Brazil
  • Piloting returnable packaging in the United States
  • Recycled electric vehicle batteries that store renewable electricity in China
  • The ability to upcycle saved grains from the brewing process to produce nutritious foods in the United States
  • The first solar thermal system to be installed at an AB InBev plant

How will the new program work?

So, how does it work? Applications are invited from entrepreneurs or small businesses (deadline for cohort 3 is May 31 2021) and the partners will choose 20-25 ideas which are then provided with funding.

Project aligned with goals of the CPG multinationals

The participation by all three consumer packaged goods giants is in line with each of their own sustainability goals, with each passionate about transforming global supply chains towards a greener future, and knowledgeable that “we can achieve our purpose faster and more effectively with equally committed partners”, says Patricia Verduin, CTO of Colgate.

Since launching its World Without Waste sustainable packaging platform, Coca-Cola has actively engaged the startup community for inspiration and innovation and is an inaugural investor in Circulate Capital, a fund launched in 2019 focused on ventures, infrastructure and innovations preventing the flow of plastic into oceans.

The program’s social inequality component is also aligned with Unilever’s values. “This year, we made commitments to ensure that everyone who directly provides us with goods and services receives a living wage by 2030,” says Marc Engel, chief supply chain officer of Unilever. But that’s not all. “We’re increasing our spend with suppliers from underrepresented groups and committed to train 10 million young people.”

 

 

 

 

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