DHL helps Sanofi-Aventis reduce CO2 emissionsBonn, 09/16/2009, 11:30 AM CEST
Sanofi-Aventis, one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, is reducing the CO2 emissions generated by its sea freight operations by around 30 percent. DHL Global Forwarding is migrating delivery of temperature-controlled goods for sea freight export from HGVs to inland vessels. Since 2003 DHL Global Forwarding has coordinated air and ocean freight business for temperature-controlled goods on behalf of Sanofi-Aventis.
"Sanofi-Aventis places great importance on acting responsibly with regard to all health & safety and environmental issues," explains Stefan Bender, Head of Distribution Platform at Sanofi-Aventis in Frankfurt. "We are delighted that DHL has developed a climate protection program and is able to help us become more CO2-efficient."
Transporting sea freight containers by truck to European sea ports currently generates emissions of approximately 33kg of CO2 per tonne. By using inland waterways for these transports the level of emissions can be reduced to around 22kg of CO2 per tonne, generating savings of around one third. After the successful pilot phase DHL is now transferring five container units each week from the roads to the inland waterways network. The containers are loaded on board the inland vessel in Mainz and then transported to the western sea ports of Antwerp or Rotterdam.
With GoGreen, the Group-wide climate protection program, Deutsche Post DHL has set itself the target of improving its own CO2-efficiency by 30 percent by 2020 - this includes outsourced transport services. A central component of GoGreen is the provision of carbon-neutral or low-carbon logistics solutions for the Group's customers.
Thilo Specht, Vice President of Marketing & Sales Germany at DHL Global Forwarding commented: "We support all customers looking to reduce and offset the CO2 emissions generated by their transport operations."