DB Schenker launches global CO2-neutral air freight offer

DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo have launched a regular CO2-neutral freight connection from Europe to China.

DB Schenker extends its portfolio of climate-friendlier logistics solutions by opening the next chapter of greener transport in air freight. Customers can choose Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for their air transport to anywhere in the world and independent of the type of aircraft or airline used. Via virtual allocation of biofuel, it is possible to avoid up to 100% CO2 emissions.

For their ESG reporting, customers deciding to pay the premium for virtual allocation of SAF for an air freight shipment receive certification for the amount of greenhouse gases avoided.

“We are very proud of the game-changing pioneer project we started with our trusted partner Lufthansa Cargo. Today, we take the next step by starting a global green air cargo network. We have purchased massive volumes of biofuel to push the decarbonization of our industry. Customers of DB Schenker can now virtually book SAF on all trade lanes to thousands of airports. This new flexibility is a success factor and good for the climate. Every ton of biofuel counts”, said Jochen Thewes, CEO of DB Schenker.

SAF is produced from renewable waste and residue raw materials such as used frying oil. DB Schenker only uses certified palm oil-free biofuel. However, SAF is 3-5 times more expensive than regular fossil-based fuel.

The new global offer complements DB Schenker’s weekly full charter route between Germany and China, launched in spring 2021. Over 150 round-trip flights with Lufthansa Cargo have already avoided more than 40,000 tons CO2e. Individual SAF agreements with further airline partners, for example, a recent purchase of SAF credits at Singapore Airlines, will continue as well.

Source: DB Schenker