DHL, Shell and Grundfos Bio-LNG pilot for road freight delivers 85% CO2 savings over conventional diesel
17 November 2021
In June 2021, DHL Freight started piloting a Bio-LNG solution (Bio-Liquefied Natural Gas from sustainable biomass) with Shell on three haulier trucks to reduce CO2 emissions in road freight transport for DHL’s customer Grundfos. In the first five months, the volume of Bio-LNG lifted has reduced 87 tons of CO2 eq. This corresponds to the emissions of more than 89,900 km driven by a diesel truck and represents 85% of CO2 savings compared to a traditional diesel engine.
The logistics industry is currently responsible for 11 percent of global carbon emissions. To fight against climate change, the transport sector needs true decarbonization. For us at DHL Freight, sustainable fuel solutions are a key lever to change the fuel mix and ultimately reduce carbon emissions in road freight. By investing not only in sustainable fuel but also in fleet renewal, engine retrofitting, and efficiency projects, we tackle the impact of the logistics supply chain. We are happy to have partners at our side who share our vision and join us on the journey towards a sustainable future.—Uwe Brinks, CEO DHL Freight
The fuel alternative is being implemented to improve Grundfos’ linehaul between its production sites Bjerringbro, Denmark and Longeville-Les-Saint-Avold, France. By offering the option of using greener alternatives, the company is taking another step towards cleaner road freight, in line with Deutsche Post DHL Group’s sustainability roadmap 2030.
The Bio-LNG used by Shell in the test is produced from agricultural waste. It meets the criteria of the Renewable Energy Directive 2 (REDII) of the European Union and is a product of a sustainable circular economy. The pilot project has been running for more than five months now and will continue for approximately one year. The reduction in emissions is attributed to the customer accordingly. In this way customers can successfully decarbonize their supply chains.
Running pilots like this with customers like DHL is a fantastic opportunity for both of us to test and learn, but also to jointly drive the decarbonization of the sector as it proves that new concepts work and deliver positive impact on climate targets in a commercially viable way. The pilot results indicate that Bio-LNG can already today reduce CO2 emissions to contribute to the GHG reductions needed to reach the EU’s 2030 climate targets. That is very promising and good news to the sector.—Fabian Ziegler, Managing Director of Shell Germany
In the meantime, Shell is scaling up the supply of Bio-LNG to offer further emission reductions up to carbon neutrality. As of early 2022, Shell will offer a blend of Bio-LNG to the entire network in the Netherlands, offering further carbon reduction to all customers. As of 2023 Shell plans to offer Bio-LNG produced in a new gas liquefaction plant at Shell’s Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland to the entire network in Germany.
The company will start construction of the liquefaction plant later this year, provided permits are granted in time. The volume of 100,000 tons per year from Rheinland could help to reduce the carbon emissions caused by long-distance haulage by up to a million tones.
By 2030, Deutsche Post DHL Group wants to invest 7 billion euros in climate-neutral logistics solutions, and at least 30% of fuel requirements in aviation and line haul are to be covered by sustainable fuels, according to their recently published sustainability roadmap. Deutsche Post DHL Group considers biofuels decisive to decarbonize transport right now and expects hydrogen as a power based sustainable fuel to be a promising alternative in the long-term.
Bio-Liquefied Natural Gas from sustainable biomass
Some are saying there's not enough RNG
Posted by: SJC | 17 November 2021 at 10:38 AM
That's because there isn't. Roughly half of biogas is CO2, representing a loss of almost half the carbon in the feedstock. To make best use of biomass as a carbon source, you have to throw energy INTO the process, not use the biomass as the sole energy source.
Posted by: Engineer-Poet | 17 November 2021 at 03:22 PM
Totally agree E-P,
Throwing away the CO2 is a waste of both a resource and adds GHG to the environment. Fortunately, the Dutch also agree. The Bio-LNG project has 3 partners: Renewi, Nordsol, and Shell (https://www.renewi.com/en/about-renewi/what-we-stand-for/our-actions/the-fuel-of-the-future).
Nordsol will produce bio-LNG in the Netherlands. Renewi will collect the organic waste throughout the Netherlands, such as expired products, process the waste, and convert it into biogas. Shell will sell the bio-LNG at its LNG filling stations.
Nordsol will clean and liquefy the methane within the biogas (60%) into bio-LNG and CO2 (40%) into liquid bio-CO2. The liquefied bio-CO2 will be used in horticulture (think tulips). Of course, they will also look to other markets for sustainable applications of CO2 for example in building materials such as concrete, basic chemistry for plastics and biofuels (https://waste-management-world.com/a/co2-from-dutch-waste-to-energy-plant-to-be-used-in-horticultural-greenhouses)
Posted by: Account Deleted | 17 November 2021 at 05:02 PM