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DSV to enable customers pick greener routes

DSV Panalpina is working on an improved digital platform that will help enable customers to choose more climate-friendly routes and to pay extra for green fuel. A growing demand has created momentum, says DSV Panalpina chief.

Customers are starting to really embrace green solutions, and DSV Panalpina is therefore working on a new and improved platform that will enable customers to choose more sustainable freight solutions.

The platform is currently being tested internally, but DSV Panalpina’s EVP of group compliance, Martin Andreasen, expects that the platform could reach the market during the second quarter.

The platform will also enable them to pay to use green fuel, which can be tanked on a transport vessel in DSV’s fleet.

“We should be careful in terms of saying that in 2021 you can log in, and all of this will be possible. What we’re doing with this customers represents some of the first steps in this direction, in which we want to move. We’re looking at the routes to see which fuels we can use, and which consequences there are,” says Andreasen, adding that this selection always happens in cooperation with DSV, as it would otherwise be a comprehensive and complicated task for the customer.

DSV Panalpina is far from the only one working on platforms aimed at providing a better overview of green transport choices.

Competitor Kuehne + Nagel has already launched Seaexplorer, which allows customers to pick specific routes and to pay extra for sustainable fuels or more traditional offsetting, which involves compensating for emissions by supporting forestation projects.

 “The challenge in the sector has been that even if you want something green, you can’t just walk down to aisle two and choose the product. We need to create it, and of course this requires demand, because if there’s no customer asking for it, it becomes difficult to push the suppliers in this direction,” he says.
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