DHL wraps up wind energy logistics package

Global logistics company DHL is entering the renewable energy market with the transportation of wind turbines. With wind power booming in the UK, energy companies have to tackle the problem […]

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By Kelvin Ross

Global logistics company DHL is entering the renewable energy market with the transportation of wind turbines.

With wind power booming in the UK, energy companies have to tackle the problem of getting over-sized parts to the UK and then to wind farm sites

Now DHL is to utilise its fleet of road, rail, sea and air transport to offer a solution.

The company said yesterday: “As the production of wind energy is no longer a niche activity, the supply chain is becoming more and more a key focus area for the industry, as increased competition makes it necessary to move beyond simply optimized sourcing and into wider supply chain and logistics issues.

“DHL can manage all key supply chain and logistics services required by the wind energy industry, ensuring minimized turbine downtime through optimized spare part and service logistics, as well as providing supply chain consultancy.”

DHL also revealed yesterday that it has signed a deal for Barclays Capital to use its carbon neutral delivery service, GoGreen.

GoGreen calculates the carbon emissions generated by transporting each shipment, and DHL then offsets those emissions by reinvesting in certified carbon programmes, including a hydropower plant in Brazil and a wind farm in China.

DHL’s Lindsay Birley said: “Energy efficiency is the largest ecological challenge that we face in the transportation sector. As a group, we are looking at innovative ways to reduce our resource use and our carbon footprint, while responding to the increasing demands of customers such as Barclays Capital who are looking for an environmentally responsible shipping option.”

Barclays Capital’s head of corporate real estate services Andrew Watt said: “We believe that all companies should strike the right balance between taking ownership of emissions reduction in their own operations and carbon offsetting.”

DHL is owned by Deutsche Post, which aims to cut its carbon efficiency by 30% by 2020.