The two companies will explore solutions for:

  • Road freight: low carbon fuels for heavy duty trucks such as bio-LNG (biomethane or Renewable Liquefied Natural Gas) and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
  • Air and sea freight: low carbon fuels, carbon in-setting, and lower carbon transport solutions.
  • Warehouses operations: Offering renewable energy and digital solutions and optimizing warehouse and logistics models.

This collaboration is built on existing initiatives, specifically in the road freight sector. For example, Shell Recharge Solutions provides DHL with a European-wide charging infrastructure for DHL Express’ electric vehicle fleet. Also, the pilot programme involving DHL’s customer Grundfos using 100% bio-LNG fuel on three haulier trucks that was launched last year resulted in 85% less CO2e1 emitted compared to the baseline.2 This CO2e saving is the equivalent of the emissions of over 198,200 km driven in a diesel truck3 or 4.9 times around the earth.4 This pilot programme’s success will continue on to other potential customers. Lastly, DHL and Shell are working closely with others in the industry to introduce the first hydrogen-powered trucks by the end of this year. DHL aims to operate three 16t trucks, produced by Paul Nutzfahrzeuge, and operated through Shell’s mobility platform which includes a vehicle offer on a pay-per-km basis.

“We are very important suppliers and customers for each other worldwide. Together we are pursuing our shared ambition to lower the carbon footprint of our businesses,” said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions and Innovation. “The collaboration with Shell is mutually beneficial enabling both organizations to develop new opportunities to achieve net-zero carbon emissions targets for DHL and our customers.”

“Shell is changing its business model to supply energy and decarbonisation solutions to our customers. Our alliance with DHL opens exciting opportunities to accelerate action that can reduce emissions across transportation and operations in the logistics sector,” said Carlos Maurer, Shell’s Executive Vice President Sectors & Decarbonisation. “The business community is stepping up to the challenge and we call on governments around the world to continue supporting affordable, low-carbon options.”

DHL and Shell have worked together for over 30 years and have established a collaborative relationship across various operating divisions. Both companies are leveraging their knowledge, expertise and global infrastructure to support sustainable business growth.

“DHL is the global leader in integrated energy logistics, offering safe and compliant solutions not only in traditional energy such as oil and gas but also in green energy.,” says Michael Wiedemann, President Global Energy Sector at DHL.


  1. CO2e CO2 equivalent refers to CO2, CH4, N2O.
  2. For the purposes of this carbon intensity comparison, the fossil fuel comparator 94 gCO2e/MJ was used from the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII). BioLNG Carbon intensities (CI) can vary, as it comes from a variety of feedstocks (REDII compliant and ISSC accredited).
  3. For the CO2 analogy calculator (to go from CO2 emissions to number of equivalent kilometers in a diesel Heavy Duty truck), the NGVA Europe / Thinkstep Study “Greenhouse Gas Intensity of Natural Gas” was used. The report can be found here . The Well to Wheel (WtW) Greenhouse gas Emissions factor for Diesel HDVs was taken from that report and is originally from the Fuel Quality Directive.
  4. For the analogy of equivalent times around the world, the equatorial circumference of the earth of 40,030km from NASA Science (website accessed November 2021 – can be accessed here) was used for the calculation.

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