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.
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.
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.
 Source: Emissions by sector - Our World in Data
The DB Schenker SAF insetting model aims at a direct carbon mitigation of the transport system. Any new carbon emissions into the atmosphere are avoided. This is the most sustainable way to reduce carbon emissions as it saves any additional energy consumption arising from compensation measures.
With this model, carbon zero emissions are achieved through 100% insetting.
Carbon neutrality entails a balance between carbon emissions and carbon reduction. This balance is achieved by compensating newly emitted CO2 into the atmosphere, usually by measures which absorb such emissions in a second step. The result is an overall balance which is then neutral.
With this model, carbon neutrality is achieved by insetting through the usage of SAF (80%) and offsetting the remaining CO2 emissions which are created in the SAF production/distribution (20%).
Photo Credit: Lufthansa Cargo AG / Oliver Rösler
DB Schenker is committed to finding ways to make energy sustainable, and our partnership with Lufthansa Cargo is just the beginning as we and the air freight industry aim for CO2-neutral air freight by 2050. As one of the world’s leading logistics and transportation providers, we intend to pave the way for sustainable air freight and encourage our entire industry to rethink our industry’s business. These flights are just the beginning of our promise to help our customers keep their commitments to the environment as well.
For more information, please reach out to your local DB Schenker experts.
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