IGL Coatings partners with DHL Express to cut carbon emissions via sustainable aviation fuel

20 September 2023

IGL Coatings, a global leader in high-performance automotive and anti-corrosion solutions, has taken another step towards its climate targets by becoming DHL Express’ latest GoGreen Plus customer. The service supports IGL Coatings’ goal to decrease the emissions for its time-definite international (TDI) shipments by 30% through carbon insetting.

Launched this year, GoGreen Plus enables customers to effectively mitigate the carbon footprint of their supply chains by choosing the amount of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) they want to use for their shipments. The SAF is then blended with conventional jet fuel at point of air transport to lower the release of Carbon (CO2) and other greenhouse gases. SAF is currently the only scalable measure for the next few years to come, given that it is the only option for long-range flights.

IGL Coatings considers SAF as a crucial element in its roadmap towards becoming a carbon neutral organisation, as SAF addresses and alleviates emissions resulting from the air transportation of the company’s products by up to 30%. By subscribing to the GoGreen Plus service, IGL Coatings can responsibly respond to rising demand by its consumers, partners, and other stakeholders for more sustainable practices globally.


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Taking greener steps

“At IGL Coatings, we have always pursued growth in tandem with sustainable practices. SAF is a key pillar in our journey to accelerate scope 3 reduction and decarbonise our growing global business,”said Keong Chun Chieh, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of IGL Coatings. “We have always focused on  sustainability in our products, prioritising innovative formulation and greener packaging. Together with DHL Express, we can move towards a 30% reduction in emissions and, in turn, cleaner operations.”

Julian Neo, Managing Director of DHL Express Malaysia and Brunei, says: “We are seeding the transition to a net-zero tomorrow as we meet today’s sustainability demands. We can drive this even faster and at scale through inclusive, cross-sector collaboration. We are honoured to have IGL Coatings come onboard and are excited about what we can deliver together.”

IGL Coatings’ use of GoGreen Plus applies across all its overseas trade lanes and is the latest in a long line of environmental actions by the company since 2019. In addition to offering a range of eco-friendly cleaning and coating products, it has introduced fully recyclable packaging, partnered with Canada-based Plastic Bank for a recycling campaign, and distributed 6,000 seeds pods.

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Cutting carbon emissions up to 80% with SAF

GoGreen Plus is made possible by following two of the largest SAF deals with bp and Nestle in 2022 to supply more than 800Mlit to the DHL Express network. It is expected that the strategic collaborations will save approximately 2Mt of carbon dioxide emissions over the aviation fuel lifecycle – equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 400,000 passenger cars.

SAF is produced from sustainably-sourced renewable waste and residue raw materials. In neat form and over the lifecycle, it significantly cuts emissions by up to 80% compared to conventional jet fuel. An independent third-party agency, Société Générale de Surveillance, verifies the reductions, which can be counted towards Scope 3 and Science Based Targets (SBTi).

GoGreen Plus is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s sustainability roadmap for 2030 and contributes to the interim target of having at least 30% of fuel requirements covered by sustainable fuels.

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