We do not settle for a good result, if we can create a fantastic result. Therefore, the DB Schenker CEO Jochen Thewes has presented new goals for the company’s CO2 release, which is reduction of 20% for all business vehicles compared to 2006. And before 2035 the reduction must reach 35%. This springs from the company’s global strategy and joining to the global climate initiative EV 100.
By making all vehicles up to 3,5 tons drive on electricity or fuel cells before 2030, we can reach this goal. Furthermore, half the vehicles weighing between 3,5 and 7,5 tons will also be electric. Vehicles over 7,5 tons will also have additional demands. ‘We are forced to make a technological jump in the auto industry’, says Jochen Thewes. This presents new demands, both to us as buyer, but also to the producer.
‘We have many irons in the fire and are anxious to see what the future will bring. Along with competent people around the world we will do our share to limit release of CO2 and take even better care of the environment’.
Henrik Dam Larsen, CEO of DB Schenker Danmark
The goal is to be the industry’s environmental leader
The ambitious goals are set, because we are one of the leading players in the industry who can develop innovative solutions and new possibilities which offers new thinking in transport and logistics, and simultaneously helps the environment
Denmark is no exception
Results look good for 2018 and we are well on our way to fulfill the goals we have set. We are doing that by several initiatives, for example:
- Cooperation with several of our largest customers about various environmental developments. Newest development is an initiative surrounding gas driven trucks. They drive on LNB gas (Liquid Neutral Gas) and minimizes CO2 release by 20%. In addition, they are 100% free of emissions. In Denmark there are no government subsidies for this and therefore it is a development in progress as financial aspects must be considered
- A demand for environmental profile from all our 22,000 cart-men, when they are initiated into our system, Drive4Schenker. By means of these environmental profiles we can check the state of the vehicles, and compare them with EURO-standards, which is an EU-demand in the environmental area. The EU-standard basically pertains to the emissions discharged by the vehicles, based on their age.
Through counseling and compilation of environmental reports for our customers, we optimize solutions that can be included in the environmental calculations, which also helps minimize the emissions discharge. Frank Heide, Quality and Environmental Officer of DB Schenker Denmark, is satisfied with the current 2018 result: ‘In Denmark we support the goals of the company and can prove progress each year. These are documented via our ISO 14001 environmental certification which requires that we can show proof of improvements.’
We are launching major global initiatives
In relation to distribution solutions, we currently have three huge projects that can change the future way the industry will deliver goods:
1. Self-driving trucks are driving in convoys on the highway in Germany
The digitally controlled truck convoys, also known as platooning, are currently tested running on the A9 highway between DB Schenker's branch near Munich and to Nuremberg. When the digitally linked trucks drive closely together, it will reduce air resistance, optimize safety and make better use of road. At the same time, it reduces the demand for drivers, which is becoming a bigger and bigger industry problem.
The German government supports the project, and at the opening ceremony when the first truck was put on the road, Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer said: ‘The project marks the beginning of the automated and networking future and road freight. Tomorrow's technology is being brought to today's roads where intelligent interaction between people, machines and materials is tested’.
In the pilot project we cooperate with MAN and Fresenius University. The word platooning means that at least two trucks, which are digitally controlled and linked together, driving in convoy.
2. Launch of new T-pod which reduces CO2 emissions by as much as 90%
T-pod is an electric autonomous truck that can drive 85 km/h, up to 200 km on a single charge and accommodate approximately 20 tons of goods. We just launched the first commercial installation of a T-pod with Einride. By replacing diesel for electricity, we can reduce CO2 emissions by around 90%. The car has no cabin but is monitored and controlled by an operator, who can be hundreds of kilometers away. Because the truck does not have a cab, the load capacity and flexibility increase. This results in lower production and operating costs as well as optimized energy consumption, which is one of the reasons why the T-pod runs exclusively on batteries.
3. Electricized distribution bikes are gaining ground in several countries
The popular bikes are 100% emission-free and run up to 80 km on a single charge. In addition, a driver can transport approximately 300 kg of goods at a time, which fits perfectly in a big city. The bikes are not only in Norway, but are also in Germany, France and Finland.
The electric bikes are practical because they have great accessibility throughout the city - even on narrow and busy roads it goes faster than a distribution car. Besides that, you should never have to look for a parking space.
Another big advantage is that drivers do not need a driver's license and therefore a new group of potential employees appears which is a strong card because of the lack of drivers in the industry.
The bikes are popular in the street scene, where many people stop and take pictures of them.