DHL has launched a sustainable marine fuel service for ocean freight for full-container-load shipments.

This follows the introduction of a similar carbon-reduction service for less-than-container-load shipments.

The company said its customers can choose the use of sustainable biofuels through its online booking system, which also includes a carbon calculator.

DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific CEO Kelvin Leung said with the strong demand for ocean freight in Asia Pacific, the company is in a prime position to offer a new and easier way to reduce carbon footprint by choosing sustainable biofuels and decarbonising their entire ocean freight trade lanes.

“The launch of this new service reinforces our push toward a cleaner and more sustainable supply chain for our customers,” he said.

DHL achieves the carbon reduction in its sustainable marine fuel service by the company purchasing the fuel through partners and matching it to the amount consumed by the shipment.

The company said international fashion company Lindex is switching to sustainable marine fuel for its FCL ocean freight.

“As a result, Lindex is decarbonising its entire ocean freight shipments with the help of DHL Global Forwarding,” the company said.

Lindex director of logistics Johan Engen said we are at a turning point for our entire society.

“It is time to embrace innovation and collaboration, and together create the new normal we all would like to see – business models that are climate neutral, empowering, circular and truly sustainable,” he said.

“To switch our ocean freight to sustainable biofuels fuels was a natural step for us to take on our journey.”

DHL said when it selects sustainable marine fuels, care is taken to ensure that they are produced with sustainable feedstock and are not in conflict with other sustainability requirements, such as food production. Waste-based biofuels must meet the requirements to be considered the cleanest biofuels currently available on the market according to strict sustainability standards.