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DHL and Total Energies complete solarization process

DHL Global Forwarding and Total Energies complete the solarization process in Dubai

The 7 MWp solar project will offset around 5,000 tCO2e emissions annually

DHL Global Forwarding and TotalEnergies have successfully solarized seven of DHL sites in Dubai, marking a new milestone in DHL’s sustainability journey to reduce logistics-related emissions to net zero by 2050.

DHL Global Forwarding and TotalEnergies have signed a Power Equipment Lease Agreement (PELA) in 2021 for the solarization of seven sites in Dubai. The move is expected to save around 5,000 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) in the first year—the equivalent of 119,000 trees planted per year.

The 7 MWp solar project will produce over 11,000 MWh per year across DHL sites in JAFZA 1 – 4, DAFZA 39 – 43, DWC AFR and DWC CGF, which will cover 80% of the seven buildings’ energy needs. The solar rooftops are equipped with over 12,000 solar photovoltaic modules, covering a surface equivalent to 27,000 sqm.

In addition, TotalEnergies has equipped DHL’s sites with solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations, contributing to the Group’s goal of electrifying 60% of its fleet by 2030.

Commitment to net zero

“As the world’s leading logistics company, we are more committed than ever to achieving a net zero-emissions future by redefining logistics. We are proud to announce that we have reached our target of 100% solarization of seven of our sites in Dubai with our partner TotalEnergies,” commented Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Middle East and Africa.

“We are delighted to have supported DHL Global Forwarding in fulfilling its sustainability ambitions in the region. We are confident the successful solarization of DHL’s sites will accelerate low carbon logistics in the region,” remarked Hamady Sy, Managing Director, TotalEnergies Renewables Distributed Generation Middle East and Africa.

DHL Global Forwarding has pioneered several low-carbon initiatives in the UAE. In 2022, the company launched a 23,500-sqm EV Hub in Dubai South for batteries to be stored, recycled, repaired, and processed at end of life, ensuring long-term sustainability.

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