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System Freight Goes Econeutral: Your Carbon Offset Option

Another important step toward becoming Europe’s leading provider of green logistics services: The Econeutral option enables you to offset your carbon footprint through CDM-certified climate protection projects. Econeutral is available as an option with all DB SCHENKERsystem products, including DB SCHENKERsystem premium. Carbon offset projects not only neutralize CO₂e emissions; they also support sustainability by transferring technology and combatting poverty.

DB Schenker works together with atmosfair, a European non-profit organization that actively contributes to CO₂e mitigation by promoting, developing, and financing renewable energy in more than 15 countries worldwide. At the moment, 90% of atmosfair’s carbon offset projects comply with the CDM Gold Standard, the strictest standard available for climate protection projects. You can find more details about the beneficial project here:

Renewable electricity from mustard crop residues in India

Mustard crop in India

Mustard crop in India

The project is located in the district of Tonk in the state of Rajasthan, which is India’s largest state. Rajasthan contains some of the driest regions of India, including the Thar desert. However, the local economy relies heavily on agriculture, animal husbandry, and textile production. Regional incomes are among the lowest in India, and small farmers barely produce enough to survive on. Droughts and crop failures are significant sources of stress. In the dry climate, the mustard crop is the most important crop.

Electricity from biomass power plant

Electricity from biomass power plant

atmosfair and its Indian partner Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited (KPTL) built an 8 MW biomass power plant that uses crop residues to produce electricity. The fuel is burned through direct incineration to produce water vapor in a steam boiler. The steam powers a turbine plus generator to produce electricity, which is fed into the regional grid. Although power generation through direct incineration allows the use of other available biomass residues to produce electricity, the mustard crop residues are the main energy source.

Camel and farmer in the desert

Additional source of income

Since 2007, thousands of small farmers have delivered crop residues to the power plant and sold what used to be worthless waste. Bags of crop residues are weighed at several collection points and farmers receive their pay immediately. The material is then transported to the power plant, where it is stored in a large silo to ensure a steady supply of feedstock to produce electricity all year long, even after the harvest season. The electricity generated in the plant is fed into the regional grid, where it replaces electricity from coal and gas-powered plants.

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