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Environment partnership with Hapag-Lloyd saves 130,000 tonnes of CO2

Mutually agreed climate protection targets – Optimized ship hulls and efficient propulsion systems.

What started out as a joint pilot project for a green supply chain from Sweden to China back in 2006 has meanwhile involved into a strategic partnership in the field of climate protection on the oceans. The transportation and logistics provider DB Schenker and Hapag-Lloyd shipping company can meanwhile look back on ten years of intensive cooperation which has made a significant contribution to reducing carbon dioxide. Over the last decade, they have succeeded in reducing carbon emissions by 130,000 tons.



“As a provider of logistics services, we have a special responsibility when planning and carrying out our high-emission transports. Ocean freight accounts for 22 percent of the direct and indirect carbon emissions at DB Schenker. We have consequently always attached great importance to investing in environmental protection together with the shipping companies in order to achieve our climate protection targets,” says Andrea Dorothea Schön, who is responsible for climate protection and CO2 controlling at DB Schenker. Thanks to self-imposed obligations, it will be possible to reduce the emission of harmful gases for each container carried for DB Schenker by up to 23 percent compared to 2014 per standard container (TEU) by the year 2020.




The partners first stipulated climate protection targets as a contractual obligation in 2015. The Hamburg shipping company undertook to save approximately a further 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the containers transported for DB Schenker by 2020.

“We can achieve these targets by sailing at speeds which reduce fuel consumption. Our vessels not only have optimized hulls, but also efficient propulsion systems and state-of-the-art engines,” says Erika Sagert, who is responsible for environmental protection and sustainability at Hapag-Lloyd. Proactive, weather-dependent navigation and route optimization play a key role in minimizing fuel consumption during the voyage.

DB Schenker designed the first climate-friendly products for its customers in cooperation with Hapag-Lloyd as early as 2006. At that time, Hapag-Lloyd was already using vessels with speed restrictions on the sea route from Sweden to China. The total reduction in carbon dioxide could be reported because the shipping company was one of the first to have a calculation method which was recognized by the Clean Cargo Working Group. Two years later, thanks to the specific data provided by Hapag-Lloyd, DB Schenker was able to calculate the first binding marine carbon footprint for certain shipping routes.

A further milestone in the cooperation between the two companies was the rollout of the EcoTransIT World emissions calculator. In 2010, in collaboration with further partners, Hapag-Lloyd and DB Schenker developed a tool for the transparent and exact calculation of the environmental impact of transport chains on worldwide routes. The tool is meanwhile a generally accepted standard for the reliable calculation of energy consumption and the emission of CO2 and other harmful gases for any given freight transport.

“Leading shipping companies such as Hapag-Lloyd have played a major role in improving our carbon footprint, not least thanks to the transparent reporting of emission reductions. A successful and lasting business relationship has to be based on trust and fairness when it comes to achieving quality and environmental targets. These agreements are milestones, as they enable us to integrate sustainability aspects into our business relationships,” continues Andrea Dorothea Schön. DB Schenker has agreed on these climate protection targets with another six globally operating shipping companies.

DB Schenker ranks in 3rd place in the world ocean freight market. In 2015, DB Schenker carried more than 5.400 containers a day for its customers, with a total volume of almost 2 million TEU. The company’s ocean freight network covers 130 countries with roughly 600 DB Schenker locations throughout the world.

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