DHL join hands with Schneider Electric to launch multi-modal shipping bridge from India

DHL Global Forwarding and Schneider Electric have joined forces to introduce an innovative multi-modal shipping model, incorporating sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) to enhance supply chain agility and minimize environmental impact.

The collaboration has already implemented two multi-modal shipping bridges, connecting Singapore to North America and India to North America, aiming to cut Scope 3 carbon emissions from air freight.
Schneider Electric plans to establish a total of eight global multi-modal bridges, leveraging a combination of air and sea transport to potentially reduce carbon emissions by up to 40%. This eco-friendly approach, trialed since March 2023, has shown a significant 20% reduction in carbon emissions for the specified bridges.

While air freight remains integral to global supply chains, DHL and Schneider Electric’s strategy combines cost-effective sea freight with the purchase of SAF, offering both economic savings and a positive environmental impact.

This pioneering initiative, utilizing multi-modal shipping not only for business continuity but also as a means to curtail Scope 3 carbon emissions, demonstrates a step forward in sustainable logistics. DHL’s GoGreen Plus service further enhances the model by providing access to SAF, leading to deliveries with up to 90% fewer carbon emissions, contributing to a resilient and agile supply chain.

“Through our GoGreen Plus service, we provide our customers with sustainable transport solutions, including SAF. Our partnership with Schneider Electric is instrumental in driving positive change and making sustainable logistics a reality. At DHL, we have set a goal to reduce GHG emissions to 29 million tonnes CO2e by 2030. To achieve this, we are investing €7 billion in clean operations, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to a greener future,” states

Thomas George, Chief Commercial Officer, DHL Global Forwarding.

“At Schneider Electric, sustainability is at the core of our mission and it drives us to innovate for the future,” said Mourad Tamoud, EVP Global Supply Chain at Schneider Electric. “We can’t do this alone: partnerships with our supply che ecosystem and strategic partners like DHL are essential. We hope others are inspired by these possibilities, so we can collectively reduce carbon emissions.”

Schneider Electric as per its net zero road map, plans to be net-zero ready across operations with an absolute carbon reduction target of 25% across the entire value chain by 2030.

Thomas George, Chief Commercial Officer at DHL Global Forwarding, emphasizes their commitment to reducing GHG emissions and investing €7 billion in clean operations to achieve a greener future. Schneider Electric, aligning with a net-zero roadmap, targets a 25% absolute carbon reduction across its entire value chain by 2030, reinforcing its dedication to sustainability through strategic partnerships.

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