15 Nov 2018 DB Schenker for stricter CO2 targets in freight transport "20 percent reduction in emissions from trucks weighing at least 7.5 tons by 2025 and 35 percent by 2030 feasible", says CEO Jochen Thewes DB Schenker, one of the world's leading logistics service providers and operator of Europe's largest land transport network, is committed to stricter CO2 reduction targets for commercial vehicles over 7.5 tons. "I believe that more can be done and more must be done," says Jochen Thewes, CEO of DB Schenker, on the occasion of Deutsche Bahn's "Green November" initiative. "To encourage the forthcoming structural transformation in the automotive industry and the availability of alternative drive technologies in freight transport as well, I consider the ambitious CO2 reduction targets for commercial vehicles of 20% by 2025 and 35% by 2030 to be absolutely feasible. Having joined the global climate initiative EV 100, DB Schenker recently decided to gradually convert its own fleet of distribution vehicles to electromobility. The objective is to retrofit all vehicles up to 3.5 tons with electric drives or fuel cells by 2030. Half of all vehicles weighing between 3.5 and 7.5 tons will also be electrically powered by then. Even today, DB Schenker already operates electric transport vehicles in Austria, Italy and Norway as well as electric cargo bikes in a dozen European cities. Action is therefore required in particular with regard to trucks weighing over 7.5 tons: "Everyone must participate, including and especially the manufacturers. We need to make the long overdue technological leap in the imminent structural transformation in the automotive industry," says Jochen Thewes. In addition, a pilot project in Germany together with MAN and Fresenius University is currently testing the efficiency of digitally controlled truck convoys, also known as "platooning". Together with the Swedish startup Einride, the world's first electric and fully autonomous truck was recently put into commercial operation. On 14 November, the EU Parliament agreed to the proposal to significantly reduce the emissions of trucks. From 2025 trucks have to 20 percent less CO2 and from 2030 35 percent. Earlier this year, DB Schenker and other companies already argued for more ambitious CO2 targets for commercial vehicles of -20 percent by 2025 and -35 percent by 2030.