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DHL and Grundfos pilot Bio-LNG in road freight with promising results 16 November 2021

DHL Freight and Shell partner to introduce Bio-LNG to road freight transport


In June 2021, DHL Freight started piloting a Bio-LNG solution (Bio-Liquefied Natural Gas from sustainable biomass) with Shell on three haulier trucks to sustainably reduce CO2 emissions in road freight transport for DHL's customer Grundfos. In the first five months, the volume of Bio-LNG lifted has reduced 87 tons of CO2 eq. This corresponds to the emissions of over 89,900 km driven by a Diesel truck and represents 85.0% of CO2 savings compared to a traditional diesel engine.

The logistics industry is currently responsible for 11.0% of global carbon emissions. To fight against climate change, the transport sector needs true decarbonisation.

For DHL Freight, sustainable fuel solutions are a key lever to change the fuel mix and ultimately reduce carbon emissions in road freight. By investing not only in sustainable fuel but also in fleet renewal, engine retrofitting, and efficiency projects, the Company tackles the impact of the logistics supply chain.

The fuel alternative is being implemented to improve Grundfos' linehaul between its production sites Bjerringbro, Denmark and Longeville-Les-Saint-Avold, France. By offering the option of using greener alternatives, DHL Freight is taking another step towards cleaner road freight.

Grundfos see the sustainable fuel solutions proposed by DHL Freight as a significant step in the right direction for lowering carbon emissions in road freight.

The Bio-LNG used by Shell in the test is produced from agricultural waste. It meets the criteria of the Renewable Energy Directive 2 (REDII) of the European Union and is a product of a sustainable circular economy. The pilot project has been running for over five months now and will continue for approx. one year. The reduction in emissions is attributed to the customer accordingly. In this way customers can successfully decarbonize their supply chains.

The pilot results indicate that Bio-LNG can already today reduce CO2 emissions to contribute to the GHG reductions needed to reach the EU's 2030 climate targets. That is very promising and good news to the sector.

Shell is scaling up the supply of Bio-LNG to offer further emission reductions up to carbon neutrality. As of early 2022, Shell will offer a blend of Bio-LNG to the entire network in the Netherlands, offering further carbon reduction to all customers. As of 2023 Shell plans to offer Bio-LNG produced in a new gas liquefaction plant at Shell's Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland to the entire network in Germany. The Company will start construction of liquefaction plant later this year, provided permits are granted in time. The volume of 100.000 tons per year from Rheinland could help to reduce the carbon emissions caused by long-distance haulage by up to a million tones.