TORONTO, Ont.–DHL Global Forwarding is launching a new green service it says allows customers to opt for carbon efficient ocean freight, to best fit their transport needs. The new Green Danmar service – offered through Danmar Lines, DHL’s own NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier) – enables customers to select a carrier for full container shipping, which is over 5 percent more carbon efficient than the industry average, the release said. In addition, they have the choice to combine this service with DHL’s offsetting solution and turn their consignment into a CO2 free shipment.
“With the commitment DHL has in minimizing our carbon footprint, we are proud to have an option for our environmentally-conscious customers,” said Renata Mihich, managing director of DHL Global Forwarding, Canada. “We are proud to be the first freight forwarding company to offer customers a green service for their ocean freight shipments and be able to tailor the service according to their supply chain needs.”
The newly launched green service can be optionally selected by customers using DHL Ocean Direct FCL (Full Container Load) product. Through a strict vendor management process, carriers whose carbon efficiency (g CO2/TEU km) is at least 5 percent above the industry average are identified. From the eligible green carriers, Danmar Lines will choose the one which best fits customer’s operational needs at the best cost available.
Since 2007 DHL Global Forwarding has improved its carbon efficiency in ocean freight by over 40 percent, the company noted.
DHL’s carrier selection approach is based on the GoGreen carrier scorecards, which evaluate the environmental performance of the partner carriers based on four criteria: cooperation, carbon efficiency, transparency and engagement. The new evaluation scheme was introduced in December 2015 by providing ocean freight partners of DHL Global Forwarding with GoGreen Performance Certificates. This is further followed by bi-lateral discussions on how to continuously improve carbon efficiency and foster sustainable ocean freight business across the industry.