COPENHAGEN, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Danish freight forwarder DSV
is launching services to allow customers to track their
supply-chain emissions and pinpoint the potential for cuts, the
company said on Tuesday.
The global freight industry is currently on track to see its
greenhouse gas emissions rise by around a fifth by 2050, with
demand more than doubling over the next three decades, according
to the OECD's International Transport Forum.
Large companies are increasingly asking for help to cut
their emissions when moving goods globally, DSV said.
"We have always optimised our customers' supply chain with
regards to, for example, how many inventories they hold," its
Chief Executive Jens Bjorn Andersen told Reuters. "We can now
design this with CO2 reduction as the target."
DSV's new services include programmes to track CO2 emissions
and optimise supply chains to cut these, as well as access to
sustainable fuels and carbon offsetting.
"There is big demand from our customers, so it is also a
competitive parameter," Andersen said, declining to specify how
the new services would be priced.
With some 20,000 long-haul trucks on European roads every
day and million of warehouse square metres across the globe, DSV
handles everything from pallets of turf to resurface football
pitches to entire supply-chains for multinational companies.
A key challenge will be bringing down road emissions, which
make up some 65% of total freight emissions.
While electric trucks would work for shorter distances,
green hydrogen - a fuel obtained by passing renewably produced
electricity through water to split the element from oxygen -
would be the solution for long-haul, Andersen said.
"Five years ago this was far-fetched, but now it's available
within a couple of years," he said, adding he expected the first
test drives of hydrogen trucks within two years.
Last year truckmakers including Daimler, Man
, Volvo, Ford and Scania, a unit of
Volkswagen AG's commercial vehicle arm Traton SE
, pledged https://www.acea.auto/files/acea-pik-joint-statement-the-transition-to-zero-emission-road-freight-trans.pdf
to stop sales of conventional diesel trucks by 2040.
(Reporting by Stine Jacobsen; Editing by Jan Harvey)