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DB Schenker offers eco-neutral. For group shipments, it provides an opportunity to compensate for the carbon footprint

DB Schenker successfully meets its targets for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions. When reducing CO2, it focuses primarily on vehicles with alternative drive units, economical driving and efficient load consolidation and route planning. A new option is the eco-neutral service and the subsequent compensation of the carbon footprint through financial support for CDM-certified climate protection projects, which will make it possible to reduce emissions, even on the other side of the world. 

The circle of customers who are interested in the carbon footprint of goods when shopping is constantly expanding and is not limited to retail. In recent years, a number of international companies have been committed to sustainable business. DB Schenker's role is to help them achieve these sustainability goals.

“We know that the volume of freight transport is growing and that CO2 emissions need to be reduced. That is why we have been actively involved in environmental protection for a long time and we have become a leading provider of services in the field of green logistics,” says Tomáš Holomoucký, CEO of DB Schenker. 

So far, DB Schenker has offered customers the opportunity to choose a transport version based, among other things, on its environmental impact. It uses the ECO2PHANT unit of measure which reflects the CO2 emissions consumed during transport. One ECO2PHANT unit, like an adult elephant, has 5 tons, with the only difference being that it is tons of CO2. Now, it can also offer zero-carbon shipments. 

Eco-neutral compensates for the carbon footprint

DB Schenker's customers can order environmentally neutral shipments as an accompanying service when ordering a DB SCHENKER system product, including DB SCHENKER system premium. It is called eco-neutral and allows you to compensate for the carbon footprint by financially supporting other environmental projects. 

For every ton of goods per 100 km of transport route, it is EUR 0.17. When transporting a half-ton shipment from Prague to Brno, the surcharge is approximately less than CZK 14. DB Schenker will transfer the resulting amount for the entire transport through the European non-profit organization atmosair. It is dedicated to the promotion, development and financing of renewable energy sources in more than 15 countries around the world, and it distributes funds among CDM-certified projects. At present, 90% of them meet the CDM gold standard, the strictest standard for climate protection projects. Carbon compensation projects neutralize CO₂ emissions but also promote sustainability through new technologies and the fight against poverty. Among such projects is, for example, support for mustard cultivation in one of the poorest and driest areas in India, where unused parts of harvested plants can be used as a renewable source of electricity and additional income for local farmers (see below for more details).

Until 2030, by 50% less emissions

Today, DB Schenker provides environmentally friendly solutions in all modes of freight transport. Customers thus have the opportunity to reduce or compensate for CO2 emissions across the entire supply chain, in air transport by up to 20% and in maritime transport by up to 50%. The company's overall commitment is to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% compared to 2006. DB Schenker also provides environmentally friendly solutions for truck transport thanks to the use of innovative engines and fuels. It also applies energy efficiency measures in all its buildings.