DHL’s fleet for luxury car manufacturer JLR is cutting its CO2e emissions by transitioning to a combination of battery power, bio-CNG and hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) powered HGVs.

DHL recently renewed its freight services contract with JLR for three years, continuing a 15-year collaboration. The transition will see the fleet achieve a minimum CO2e saving of 85% per HGV, on goods moving between JLR’s manufacturing centres, suppliers and retailers in the UK.

The fleet will also use larger 15.6 metre trailers instead of the current 13.6 metre trailers, cutting weekly travel by over 3,500 miles, reducing annual CO2e emissions by a further 254 tonnes.

Once fully operational, this will reduce JLR’s overall road freight emissions by 84%, saving 8,433 tonnes of carbon annually. It would require approximately 350,000 trees to absorb the equivalent volume of CO2e.

JLR said this week the project is part of its focus on building a sustainable industrial ecosystem consisting of clean energy, innovation through collaboration with suppliers and the introduction of advanced AI technology to enable efficient monitoring and management of the supply chain.

It added that this strategy will deliver better business resilience, improved scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and contribute to a more stable and productive supply chain.

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    JLR has signed up to meet a range of Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) goals. SBTi is a global body that defines and promotes best practices in emissions reductions and net-zero targets in line with climate science.

    JLR aims to reduce its CO2e emissions by 46% across SBTi scope 1 and 2, and by 54% across its SBTi scope 3 by 2030, leading JLR to achieve carbon net zero by 2039.

    Levent Yuksel, JLR freight operations director, said: “Electrification and net zero emissions are central pillars of our Reimagine strategy to become a sustainable luxury business and we’re looking at every aspect of our supply chain to achieve that.

    “By expanding our use of best-in class electric and alternative fuel vehicles here in the UK, we’re continuing our journey to improve air quality and reduce emissions.”

    Mike Bristow, DHL Supply Chain MD of manufacturing logistics, added: “We are delighted to be an essential partner in JLR’s accelerating transition to become a sustainable luxury business.

    “Together we are championing alternative fuel solutions, demonstrating to industry peers that we can deliver carbon savings throughout supply chains without negatively impacting financial ambitions.”