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DHL Supply Chain invests EUR80M in Irish RNG

DHL Supply Chain invests EUR80M in Irish RNG
DHL Supply Chain has joined forces with a leading Irish grocery retailer, Tesco Ireland, and will operate 92 locally fuelled biomethane trucks across Tesco’s country-wide network (photo courtesy DHL).

In Ireland, DHL Supply Chain, part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, a leading global mail and logistics company has announced plans to begin operating biomethane-fuelled trucks with an investment worth EUR 80 million into a dedicated biomethane production facility in Cork, run by Stream BioEnergy.

Biomethane aka renewable natural gas (RNG) is a renewable gas with the capacity to be carbon neutral. The new facility will provide fuel for up to 150 trucks, resulting in an annual carbon reduction of 15,000 tonnes.

Partner with Tesco Ireland

As part of a shared commitment to decarbonizing Ireland’s transport network, DHL has joined forces with leading grocery retailer, Tesco Ireland.

To support the initial vehicle roll-out and whilst production ramps up, DHL will subsidize the biomethane from other sources.

Once the new facility is fully functioning, DHL will operate 92 locally fuelled biomethane trucks across Tesco’s country-wide network.

We have one of the most sophisticated distribution networks in the country, and improving its efficiency and environmental impact will play an important role in our journey to net zero. Our current HGV transport fleet makes over 2,000 trips weekly, serving our growing network of 166 stores nationwide, so moving to cleaner fuel in our value chain will play a vital role in achieving this, said Ian Logan, Director of Retail and Distribution at Tesco Ireland.

DHL is fundamentally decarbonizing a significant proportion of the retail transport sector in Ireland, and they intend to continue to roll this out to all the other sectors in which they operate; consumer, technology, aviation, life sciences, and healthcare.

给定的规模the rollout, this will be a game changer for the transportation industry in Ireland.

Divert food waste from landfill

The biomethane production site at Little Island, Cork, owned and operated by Stream BioEnergy, will process 90,000 tonnes of industry and consumer food waste per annum which could otherwise have been sent to landfill.

The deployment of biomethane at scale requires no infrastructural upgrades to Ireland’s existing gas grid and given its capacity to be carbon neutral, biomethane is a flexible, cost-effective way to decarbonize commercial road transport.

DHL’s credentials in leveraging renewable transport solutions are complimented by our own strong commitment to embracing sustainable practices and driving down our emissions. We are both committed to promoting collective environmental objectives; and to advancing our ambition to achieve carbon neutrality in our value chain by 2050, and indeed in our own operations by 2035, Ian Logan said.

The project reflects DHL’s commitment to delivering sustainable logistics solutions and the company’s global GoGreen agenda.

The deployment of biomethane trucks, as well as investment in domestic biomethane energy production, will play an important part in helping the company achieve its target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

We are extremely proud to be enhancing renewable energy production here in Ireland and our collaboration with Tesco marks a significant step in our shared journey towards achieving net-zero emissions. Our customers’ transport networks are a vital focus area when looking at how they can achieve their overall sustainability goals so by making alternative fuels a reality we can really prove our value as a strategic partner, said Ciaran Foley, Managing Director of DHL Supply Chain, Ireland.

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