DHL Global Forwarding announced it will use barges to transport less-than-containerload shipments from the port of Bremen, Germany, to companies in Northern Germany, reducing its carbon emissions footprint by 62 percent.
Customers have had the option of switching from road to rail transport from Bremen since 2011, and this new decision adds another option to the mix. Last year, about 80 percent of containers were transported from the port via rail.
"Our offer to transport containers by barge has proven successful for our customers. By transporting significantly larger volumes of LCL containers by barge, we have been putting our GoGreen program into practice and improving the carbon footprint of the goods we ship," DHL Global Forwarding’s Volker Oesau said in a statement.
DHL has an overall goal of reducing C02
emissions by 30 percent by 2020 in relation to 2007 levels. It recently hit its goal of a 10 percent CO2
reduction by 2012 ahead of schedule. - Jon Ross