In this episode, Net-Zero Carbon presenter Tyler Cole talks to Graham Major-Ex, head of green business at Sender. Sender is a Berlin-based digital freight forwarding company whose goal is to help decarbonize road haulage.

The Major-Ex team monitors environmental freight offerings and works to scale low-carbon solutions. Sender provides a variety of options for cargo buyers, including validated improved emissions reporting and pilot and commercial initiatives in electrification and alternative fuels.

Initial reviews concluded that shippers did not care about green logistics, Major-Ex said. Sender has started offering green delivery services to see how senders respond.

“It simply came to our notice then. They are ready to set priorities in parts of their network to make it green, ”he said.

Sustainable fuel options

Sender provides its customers with fuel as a service. “We allow our customers to choose the fuel that goes into their truck,” Major-Ex said.

The company offers renewable diesel fuel, which reduces emissions by up to 90%. It also offers biodiesel, or B100, which reduces emissions by about 60%, Major-Ex said. Sender has made the first electric shipments on a 40-ton car for a soot manufacturer Kabat.

“Advanced fuels are more expensive than our traditional fossil fuels, but the main thing is that when I talk to our customers, they ask about low-carbon solutions for five or 10 years,” Major-Ex said.

He said the consumption of low-carbon fuel was very strong.

Companies operating in countries that do not have access to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), also known as renewable diesel, can still pay to benefit from emissions using the recently launched Sender HVO-flex solution.

Sender’s technology compares the amount of renewable diesel the company wants to be responsible for with how much is used, even if it’s on another truck in another country.

Cole said the ability to digitize fuel grids is “virtually unused,” in part because some people are still unsure of how it works.

Europe is dealing with diesel prices about $ 9 a gallon, Major-Ex said. Thus, the price gap between the use of renewable diesel and conventional diesel is reduced.

Major-Ex said it expects exponential growth in the electric trucking industry as the cost of the battery decreases exponentially and the density of the battery increases exponentially.

Data and emissions tracking

Sender automates more and more processes. It began with tracking fuel use and expanded into efforts to introduce and share data on fuel and greenhouse gas emissions within the company.

The sender began to use Global Logistics Emissions Council-approved default values ​​for emissions, and Major-Ex said it was working to collect fleet data. The default value of the fleet sample will give more specific and accurate data. But connecting the telematics truck to fuel consumption with its carbon emissions goes straight to the source for the best data.

“What really gets exciting is when you get information directly from trucks,” Major-Ex said. He predicted that by 2024, Sender will have data on primary fuel consumption and emissions.

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