DHL Express to source sustainable aviation fuel from Neste
Thorsten Lange, Executive Vice President Renewable Aviation at Neste and Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group. Image by Deutsche Post DHL Group
March 21 (Renewables Now) - DHL Express will procure about 320,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Finnish renewable fuels producer Neste Oyj (HEL:NESTE) in the next five years as the German courier and package delivery service provider aims to reach 30% of SAF blending for all air transport by 2030.
DHL Express will use Neste's sustainable fuel produced from 100% renewable waste and residue raw materials to achieve a significant reduction in its carbon footprint. According to Neste, its SAF can cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%, in its neat form and over the life cycle, compared to fossil jet fuel. The sustainable fuel can be used with existing aircraft engines and airport infrastructure.
“This milestone agreement, our largest ever for SAF, underlines the growing need and urgency – as well as the commitment – to act on aviation-related emissions," said Neste's chief executive Peter Vanacker.
The German logistics company has been procuring SAF from Neste for its flights from San Francisco and Amsterdam since 2020. The cooperation between the two was expanded in 2021 to include supplies for DHL Express’ hub at the UK’s East Midlands airport.
Neste is currently expanding its refinery in Singapore and adjusting its facility in Rotterdam, which will boost its annual production capacity for sustainable aviation fuel to 1.5 million tonnes by the end of next year.
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