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Growing alliance for the environment: DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo welcome Lenovo on their CO2-neutral flights

New SAF customer Lenovo uses regular cargo flights from Shanghai to Frankfurt • Every week 78 tons less greenhouse gases • Carbon-neutral air transport of IT hardware powered by sustainable aviation fuel

Another major global player joins DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo on their way towards greener supply chains: Global hardware technology provider Lenovo decided to let fly 20 tons of chargeable weight per week from Shanghai (PVG) to Frankfurt (FRA). The carbon-neutral freighter flight is the only regular full charter connection worldwide which is 100 percent covered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). SAF is produced out of renewable waste and residue raw materials such as used cooking oils. The transported Lenovo products include laptops, notebooks, and PCs for both private and corporate clients. Lenovo transports laptops and further IT hardware on the SAF flights

Lenovo transports laptops and further IT hardware on the SAF flights. (Picture credit: Lufthansa Cargo)

Thorsten Meincke, Global Board Member for Air & Ocean Freight at DB Schenker: “Our unique SAF full charter flights help corporates to make their shipments more sustainable. Lenovo is a major customer for this game-changing initiative and an example how shippers are keen for real change towards greener transports. We look forward to seeing further companies who would like to prioritize decarbonizing their supply chains together with us.” 

Gareth Davies, Head of Global Logistics at Lenovo: “Sustainability is critical to our business and mission of delivering smarter technology for all. We are proud that we are further enhancing our solutions through this collaboration with DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo. For all businesses and individuals, adopting programs that improve sustainability is incredibly important and we are delighted about this new partnership.” 

Ashwin Bhat, Chief Commercial Officer at Lufthansa Cargo: “Our joint effort with DB Schenker to avoid CO2 emissions is continuously growing stronger. An increasing number of customers realizes that we need to work together across industries to achieve our shared goal. Only together, we can make a real difference. With our SAF-covered flights, we are doing pioneer’s work.” 

Lenovo shipment being loaded onto a Lufthansa Cargo aircraft at Shanghai Pudong Airport Lenovo shipment being loaded onto a Lufthansa Cargo aircraft at Shanghai Pudong Airport. (Picture credit: DB Schenker)

One of the SAF covered freighter flights during push-back in Shanghai. Ready for take-off: One of the SAF covered freighter flights during push-back in Shanghai. (Picture credit: DB Schenker)

DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo started the world’s first regular SAF-covered full charter air cargo connection between Frankfurt and Shanghai in April 2021 and extended the joint mission throughout the entire winter flight schedule. The CO2 released during combustion in the engine is only the CO2 removed from the atmosphere during the photosynthesis phase of the plants that were utilized to produce the oils SAF is refined from. 

By opting for the SAF based way of transportation offered by DB Schenker in cooperation with Lufthansa Cargo, Lenovo saves around 20 tons of conventional kerosene per flight and, thus, 62 tons of greenhouse gases (CO2e Well-to-Wheel) weekly. In addition, the around 16 tons CO2e resulting from the production and transport of the SAF (upstream emissions) are offset by compensatory measures. Overall, full carbon neutrality is achieved. 

Safe arrival in Europe: The SAF covered flight arrives in Frankfurt Safe arrival in Europe: The SAF covered flight arrives in Frankfurt. (Picture credit: Lufthansa Cargo / Oliver Roesler)

DB Schenker shipment of Lenovo products on the apron at Frankfurt Airport DB Schenker shipment of Lenovo products on the apron at Frankfurt Airport. (Picture credit: Lufthansa Cargo / Oliver Roesler)