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BONN: December 18, 2017. DHL Global Forwarding has signed an exclusive MoU with the Good Shipping Program. The company wants to decarbonize the ocean container industry by encouraging customers to replace fossil fuels with next generation marine biofuels.

DHL DECARBAccording to DHL, a new service it will launch next year is based on the idea that greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions are allocated to customers with each signing up for a 'green' TEU-kilometers service, instead of just a regular shipment, with or without carbon offsets.

Vessels from DHL's ocean carrier partners then use a corresponding amount of biofuel. The more shippers use the new service, the company says, the higher the share of advanced biofuels for container shipping and the reduction of GHG emissions.

"The partnership with the GoodShipping Program is a unique opportunity to drive change within the ocean freight industry," said Kathrin Brost, global head of Customer Intelligence & GoGreen, DHL Global Forwarding.

"Our joint advanced biofuel service is designed as a supplement to our GoGreen Climate Neutral services, or as an alternative, giving our customers even more opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint," she added.

Deutsche Post DHL says it will only use renewable biofuels that are produced sustainably, that do not use land in competition with food production, can be used without technical modification as a bunker fuel, and be the cleanest currently available.

"DHL's mission to reach zero emission logistics by 2050 made them a perfect partner for a strategic and mutually beneficial long term cooperation," said Astrid Sonneveld, Program director at Good Shipping. "Together with DHL, we [will] provide global access to every single cargo owner that wants to help us clean up the marine fuel mix."

A 2017 report by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association forecasts global sea levels could rise between one and eight feet by 2100 without concerted remedial action by governments and all logistics industry stakeholders.

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