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DHL Express partners with Linklaters to minimize carbon footprint through GoGreen Plus service

DHL Express, the global leader in international express services, announced today a landmark partnership with Linklaters, a prominent international law firm, to significantly reduce carbon emissions from their time-definite international (TDI) shipments.

The venture aims to leverage DHL’s GoGreen Plus service, utilizing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for shipments across Asia Pacific and the United Arab Emirates.

Linklaters, conscious of its sizable international footprint, has been vocal about the urgency of climate change and the necessity of robust environmental management.

The law firm has adopted stringent carbon reduction targets approved by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), intending to halve its Scope 3 emissions by 2030.

Their engagement with DHL Express’s GoGreen Plus service marks a major step in fulfilling this commitment.

Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific, commented on the alliance: “Sustainability has become an integral component of business operations. It is crucial that we offer feasible solutions for companies committed to minimizing their environmental impact. With SAF as our chief tool for lowering carbon emissions, we are the first global express courier to empower our customers to participate in these efforts.”

GoGreen Plus, a novel DHL initiative launched this year, assists customers in reducing their Scope 3 emissions via insetting.

This enables customers to curb carbon emissions within their supply chains by determining the amount of SAF used for their shipments.

Given its scalability and its unique capability for long-range flights, SAF is currently the sole practical solution for the coming years. SAF also can reduce the lifecycle emissions of standard aviation fuel by up to 70-80%.

Robert Elliot, Partner at Linklaters and member of the Science-Based Targets Steering Group, shared his thoughts: “We are thrilled to collaborate with DHL on this pioneering initiative. As we work towards our Science-Based Targets by 2030, engaging with the right partners in our value chain is paramount.”

“We extend our best wishes to DHL as they popularize GoGreen Plus, and hope more organizations rally behind this initiative, accelerating the pace of positive environmental change.”

DHL Group has pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and plans to invest EUR 7 billion in carbon emissions reduction initiatives.

Considering that approximately 90% of its carbon footprint stems from the air network, the company is dedicated to finding viable and sustainable air transport solutions.

These include large-scale agreements with bp and Neste, which will supply over 800 million liters of SAF until 2026, contributing to the interim target of using 30 percent SAF for all air transport by 2030.

Moreover, DHL Express has also partnered with Eviation, who will supply up to 12 electric cargo planes from 2027 onwards.

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