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Our tools for more sustainable transports

The transport sector accounts for about 22 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. This means that all of us in the transport sector have a great responsibility to act to reduce emissions as well as a great opportunity to make a difference. Here are some tools we use to create more sustainable transports.

At DB Schenker, we are working fully to transform our operations towards fossil freedom, however all prerequisites are not yet in place to offer 100% fossil-free transport solutions throughout Sweden. As a complement to our work, we therefore offer our customers climate compensation for the emissions that occur in connection with the transport of their goods.

Climate compensation is about taking responsibility for the greenhouse gas emissions that one's business entails by investing in climate measures in developing countries. For example, energy efficiency, renewable energy, tree planting and forest conservation.

There are many companies working with climate compensation, but in order to be credible, we believe that the project must be evaluated according to the UN framework. In the 2008 Kyoto Protocol, the UN defined how climate compensation should be implemented - through The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). This mechanism aims to stimulate sustainable development and reduction of greenhouse gases. For projects to be CDM classified, it must contribute to reduced emissions that would otherwise not have been implemented without the investment.

Projects must be qualified through a thorough process. The project is approved by Designated National Authorities and the process is monitored by the UN CDM Executive Board.

DB Schenker collaborates with the company Atmosfair, a global player that works with climate compensation. Read more at

Emission calculations allow you to see the result of the work we do together to reduce emissions. However, it is important to know that emissions calculations are complicated and are based on a large number of assumptions, which means that they do not show an exact truth, but only give us a tendency.

This is because the calculations are calculated on the basis of a number of key figures that are defined and developed in different ways. Therefore, it is not possible to compare the result of one issue calculation with another. You do not compare an apple to an apple.

Our calculations are based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocal (GHG) standard developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The calculations also comply with the regulations in standard ISO 14064 and EN 16258. These global standards are the most widely accepted, but thus they only describe how the calculation is to be done, not what data or the degree of detail of data to use. Therefore, as a customer you cannot compare an emission calculation from DHL or PostNord with a calculation made by DB Schenker. We simply do not use comparable data.

Our emissions calculations, which are available to our customers in E-Schenker, are based on data collected annually from our operations around the world. As a complement, we use data from EcoTransit, an independent organization that works to collect detailed data from the world's transport chains.

DB Schenker emission reports, which are available to our customers via in E-Schenker, provide a picture of the emissions that occurred during completed transport assignments.

To evaluate future transport arrangements, we offer a tool via EcoTransit.

What do the different concepts mean?

WTT (Well-To-Tank): The emissions that occur during the production of the fuel, as well as the emissions that occur when transporting fuel to the tank.

Tank-to-Wheel (TTW): Emissions resulting from engine combustion of fuel.

WTW (Well-to Weel), (TTW + WTT = WTW): The emissions that occur in the production of the fuel together with the emissions that occur when transporting fuel to the tank, and the emissions that occur in the engine's combustion of fuel.

  • CO₂: Carbon dioxide
  • CO₂e: Carbon dioxide equivalents, i.e. carbon dioxide together with other greenhouse gases converted to CO₂
  • HC: Hydrocarbons
  • NOx: Nitric oxide
  • PM: Particles
  • SO2: Sulfur oxide

Collaboration with our suppliers is a very important part of our sustainability work. We attach great importance to selecting the right partners and regularly evaluating our suppliers. It is crucial for us to work with committed partners who share our target image. Good cooperation is essential to achieving our sustainability goals.

Basic requirements

DB Schenker is a member of the UN Global Compact, whose ten principles are based on the UN Declaration on Human Rights, the ILO's basic conventions on human rights in working life and the UN Convention on Corruption. The ten principles form the basis of DB Schenker's Code of Conduct, which is binding and must be followed by all our partners.

Land Transport

In Sweden, through our collaboration with BTF (Bilspeditions Transportörförening), we have a unique collaboration with about 150 transporters in our domestic operations and our close cooperation has been going on for over 60 years. Our collaboration means, among other things, about 130 annual meetings with representatives from different parts of our business where different issues are handled to ensure our customer promise.

Supplier evaluation of new haulage companies

Before a carrier is allowed to drive goods for us, a thorough check is made where we make sure that all important documentation (Safety Declaration AEO, F-tax certificate, insurance, registration certificate, traffic permit and the confirmation of responsibility) is in place. In addition, a check is also made against the UN sanctions list.

Continuous supplier evaluation

The dialogue with our carriers is very close and several meetings are held every year to discuss operational, tactical and strategic issues. Each year we also carry out the following ongoing checks:

  • Chek of tax permit (F-skattebevis)
  • Check of operating permit
  • Central supplier assessment. (The assessment is based on the hauliers’ responses to two questionnaires sent out at the start of the year)
  • Speed measurements. (Speed measurements are conducted annually. The results are documented and communicated to the concerned hauliers, and action plans are requested and followed up)
  • Local follow-up meetings (Local meetings are held for the district, at which our staff, together with the hauliers, discuss quality, the environment, the work environment and more)
  • Audits. (Supplier audits are conducted according to a five-year plan. Audits check compliance with the Transport Contractor Agreement, as well as a number of points in a specific checklist. Discussions are held with the haulier regarding status and scope for improvement)

Our cross-border transport solutions are conducted by 50 hauliers. Through our joint agreement, we work structured to deliver what we promise to the customer. We place high demands on ourselves and on our suppliers. This means, among other things, that before we hire a new carrier, all permits, and insurance are checked. We also conduct annual supplier follow-ups to ensure our customer promise.

Sea and air transport

Ocean and Air carriers often work in many parts of the world and are therefore evaluated by our central purchasing department at our headquarters in Germany. Each year, our subcontractors participate in a comprehensive evaluation based on which we select a number of key suppliers, so-called Preferred Carriers. All Preferred Carriers must meet the following basic requirements:

  • Sign the DB Schenker Code of Conduct
  • Commitment and willingness to create strategic long-term relationships
  • Well-established points of contact for employees at all levels of the organisations
  • Low risk of capacity problems
  • Guaranteed space capacity
  • Successful environmental work
  • Good communication, quick decision-making and short decision paths
  • Global coverage to meet all our customers’ needs