DB Schenker is focusing on green supply chains of the future and has already completed more than 1.5 million km with electrically powered trucks in its European land transport network. The logistics company is thus scaling up its efforts to shift its urban collect and delivery fleet completely to electric drives by 2030.
Dr. Volker Wissing, Federal Minister of Digital and Transport, said at the recent DB Schenker Sustainable Logistics Forum in Berlin: “To achieve our climate change targets, we urgently need to decarbonise the road haulage sector. Electric drivetrains can already deploy their inherent strength, especially in cities and on the last mile. They make an important contribution to sustainably reducing emissions from transport.”
Dr. Levin Holle, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schenker AG said: “DB Schenker has already achieved good progress towards better climate protection in all major business units. We want DB Schenker, just like the entire DB Group, to be CO2-neutral by 2040. That’s a long way ahead of us, which is why we are now taking decisive action.”
Jochen Thewes, CEO of Schenker AG added: “DB Schenker is looking to join forces with shippers and freight forwarders to advance CO2-free land transport further. We are making advanced investments in green supply chains despite high costs to protect our climate. Our appeal is to customers: The offer is there, now the demand and willingness to pay for clean transport must also pick up.”
DB Schenker deployed its first two electric trucks in Berlin back in 2017. To date, the e-fleet in Europe’s largest land transport network has grown to 79 vehicles. With series-produced e-trucks from all major manufacturers in its groupage network, DB Schenker is able to make CO2-free general cargo deliveries from more than 60 locations across Europe. In 24 European cities, a total of more than 60 cargo bikes are used in urban transport.
DB Schenker organised the Sustainable Logistics Forum as a discussion platform for shippers and carriers to mark the 150th anniversary of the company’s founding. In this way, DB Schenker is once again sending a signal to the industry in its anniversary year to further intensify joint efforts for environmentally friendly transport and logistics solutions.