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Sustainability in Air Freight

Rethinking the business of our industry for a carbon-neutral tomorrow.

As sustainability becomes more and more critical, businesses and logistics suppliers are looking for ways to grow their economic base, and make a positive social impact with their ecological footprint. With air freight representing around 2% of all global greenhouse emissions which equal the total annual emission share of Germany1.

As a company emphasizing sustainability leadership, sustainability is at the core of how we do business – day in and day out, from city to city, country to country. Beyond delivering shipments and managing supply chains when and where needed, we aim to revolutionize the air freight industry by helping our customers and transportation partners manage their sustainability efforts as well.

  • Today, we are working with several of the world’s major cargo and passenger airlines as they look to invest in more efficient aircraft to lower emissions and minimize the overall environmental impact. At the same time, we are helping them meet customer’s ever-demanding transportation needs.
  • We are also developing fully electric utility drones capable of carrying a 200 kg (~440 lbs) payload up to 40 km (~25 miles) that considers both purpose and sustainability in its design. This crewless aircraft is designed to meet modern logistical needs with an autonomous, future-focused product.
  • Through our eSchenker and connect 4.0 online platforms, we are significantly reducing the amount of paperwork necessary, from shipment details to Customs forms.
  • We are an active member of the Sustainable Air Freight Alliance (SAFA) and the WEF platform Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition, buyer-supplier collaboration formats between shippers, freight forwarders, and air freight carriers to track and reduce carbon emissions from air freight and promote low carbon freight transport.

With economic growth and global trade expected to double freight-related emissions by 2050, we will continue to work with our customers and transportation partners to ensure their ambitious carbon commitments become a reality.

Our Partnership with Lufthansa Cargo puts DB Schenker in a leadership position for protecting the climate in air freight.

In November 2020, DB Schenker partnered with Lufthansa Cargo and flew the world’s first CO2 neutral all-cargo flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Shanghai, China, and back to Frankfurt. The Boeing 777F cargo aircraft used sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on both legs of the flight. As a real alternative to fossil fuels, SAF is produced from waste materials, such as those derived from used cooking and vegetable oils, landfill, municipal waste, crop waste, and more. More critical, SAF can have up to 80% fewer Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions than traditional conventional kerosene fuels resulting in CO2 emission reductions and cleaner air.

DB Schenker Lufthansa Cargo SAF Fueling Photo Credit: Lufthansa Cargo AG / Oliver Rösler

Program success leads to ongoing scheduled air cargo flights using SAF to continue carbon emission reductions.

DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo have decided to continue their fossil-free freighter flights between Frankfurt (FRA) and Shanghai (PVG). The joint offer towards greener logistics will extend until at least October 2022. By utilizing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and additional upstream compensation, they will save another 21,000 tons of CO2e. Lufthansa Cargo and DB Schenker have saved 31,000 tons of CO2e since starting their cooperation end of 2020. The weekly flight rotation continues to be the world’s only regular full charter fully covered by SAF. On 25th March 2022, the partners will conduct their 100th joint greenhouse gas-neutral flight.

[1] Source: Emissions by sector - Our World in Data

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