Development of business units

Environmental measures

  • Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is currently available for all flights to all airports worldwide, which represents a significant enhancement of our existing CO₂e-neutral air freight solutions. SAF is obtained from bio-waste, e.g. from used cooking oil. DB Schenker bought 11,444 t SAF in 2022, saving more than 36,000 t CO₂e. In Lenovo, another major customer from the IT sector joined DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo in 2022 on the path to greener supply chains and now allows 20 t of freight to be transported from Shanghai to Frankfurt am Main on a weekly basis. The CO₂e-neutral freight flight is the only regular full-charter connection in the world that is 100% covered by SAF.
  • Eco warehouses: After a comprehensive modernization, DB Schenker opened its 50th certified eco warehouse in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Eco warehouses are part of an integrated concept that makes it possible to operate warehouses energy-efficiently, improve employee well-­being and significantly reduce CO₂ emissions. The green Dubai Logistics Center III (DLC III) is a modern, eco-friendly logistics hub with 37,000 m² of storage space (including 5,000 m² of mezzanine space for added-value services and replacement parts warehouses), temperature-controlled areas and zones with ambient temperature. It is operated using 100% renewable energy. This increased the total area of contract logistics in Dubai to 84,000 m² since June 2022.
  • Sustainable Cities: The concept of Sustainable Cities was developed by DB Schenker to award cities that assume local responsibility for a wide range of activities and are role models for responsible action in the local environment. Since 2020, cities in which DB Schenker operates have been able to apply to be named Sustainable Cities. Candidates must demonstrate their performance in four categories: reduction of environmental pollution, sustainable innovation, increased connectivity, partnerships and commitment. Cities must be active in at least three of the four sustainability areas and specific KPIs and goals must be achieved. Sustainable Cities in 2022 were: Oslo, Helsinki, Shanghai, Singapore, Paris, Helsinki, Rennes, Dubai and Sydney.
  • Climate-friendly ocean transport: DB Schenker is the first logistics provider in the world to regularly offer climate-friendly ocean transport in container transport. Together with the French shipping company CMA CGM, DB Schenker has ensured that more than 2,500 t of biofuel is available, which corresponds to the requirements for all less than container load (LCL) transports and additional full container load (FCL) transports from DB Schenker by CMA. The fuel requirements for transport with CMA are covered by climate-friendly biofuel, which eliminates greenhouse gas emissions on the balance sheet by about 80% in comparison with diesel for shipping. The purchased fuel volume enabled savings of about 7,000 t CO₂e and was one of the most important purchases of biofuels in ocean freight in 2022.
  • Climate-friendly land transport: The number of battery-­electric vehicles driving for DB Schenker amounted to around 130 vehicles in 2022. These include various models and manufacturers.
    • DB Schenker commissioned the first series-produced electric eActros in 2022.
    • On the island of Gotland (Sweden), DB Schenker has taken over responsibility for the entire distribution and relies entirely on electric and hybrid vehicles. The hybrids are operated with HVO if they are not in electric mode.
    • In 2022, DB Schenker concluded a contract with the leasing start-up hylane for the takeover of the first hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV). hylane is part of DEVK and specializes in providing comprehensive hydrogen solutions in the logistics sector. The first truck will be handed over in February 2023.
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