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Deutsche Post DHL Sees Mass Market Potential for Synthetic Fuels

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Deutsche Post DHL Sees Mass Market Potential for Synthetic Fuels


Deutsche Post DHL Sees Mass Market Potential for Synthetic Fuels

While physical logistics networks remain indispensable, electrification in local transport is already making an important contribution to the achievement of the energy turnaround today. However, commercial use of electric drive on long-haul and heavy-duty routes is not yet feasible. This is where sustainable fuels play a crucial role as they could be pivotal in reducing the climate impact of transport emissions. With the “Sustainable Fuels for Logistics” study published, Deutsche Post DHL Group presents the current status of trends and developments in the sector, compares and evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of the respective drives, and shares its experiences from practical application. In addition, experts from science, associations and non-governmental organizations provide insights into the possible uses and current limitations of sustainable fuels. At the beginning of October Deutsche Post DHL Group reiterated the importance of sustainability as it announced its new Strategy 2025.

Key findings of the study:

E-mobility is the technology of choice in the transport sector. But its use is currently restricted to short-range transports.

Drop-in fuels are compatible with current technology and can replace fossil fuels.

Non-drop-in fuels require modified engines or new technology.

Second-generation biofuels and e-fuels are beginning to gain a foothold.

Biofuels and energy must come from renewable sources.

Production of plant-based biofuels should not lead to monocultures and the destruction of crop land and rain forests.

Progress can only be accelerated through dialogue and coordinated action.

A global knowledge base is needed if we are to develop common standards.

Economic incentives could remove barriers for companies.

Mr Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group said that “We want to connect people and improve their lives. And for the Group, this has long since included environmental and climate protection. Our aim is to achieve zero-emission logistics by 2050. But this goal cannot be achieved with efficiency measures and a modern fleet alone. We also need to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to clean alternative energy sources. This is why, strong cross-border and cross-sectoral cooperation between the political, business and scientific communities is so crucial.”

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Tue, 22 Oct 2019
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