First “Green Day” at DB Schenker in Essen
Berlin/Essen, November 21, 2012 – DB Schenker Logistics is focusing on conserving resources and protecting the environment worldwide. The international logistics services provider hopes in this way to become the number one in terms of lowest CO2 emissions based on global transport performance. Employees at the company’s site in Essen took part in “Green Day” today and learned about the entire environmental portfolio, the Group’s environmental philosophy and current developments.
Last month DB Schenker Logistics joined the Swedish Network for Transport and Environment (NTM). By joining, DB Schenker is supporting efforts to establish a common and transparent method for calculating and reporting greenhouse gas and pollutant figures. DB Schenker has been a pioneer in pollutant reporting among logistics services providers since 2008. Customers can already use the online EcoTransIT World tool to check the environmental aspects of their transports and compare their current routes with alternative ones (www.ecotransit.org). The tool is recognized as a data and methodological source according to European standard EN 16258. DB Schenker Logistics is also a member of the Clean Cargo Working Group (OCEAN), which focuses on recording and improving pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from ocean freight, and of the Clean Shipping Forum, which aims to establish a European standard for calculating sulfur oxides and soot (“black carbon”) for the ocean freight sector.
DB Schenker is currently investing in a global video conference system at 20 locations. The system will enable employees to attend meetings across national borders and collaborate on documents and projects in real time. “This video conferencing solution cuts costs and protects the environment,” said Karl Nutzinger, Member of the Management Board of Schenker AG. Thanks to the solution, the company saves two metric tons of CO2 per long-haul flight and passenger, or a couple thousand metric tons a year. “We have quickly been able to substantially reduce our specific CO2 emissions thanks to new technologies for vehicles, terminals equipped to be environmentally friendly and training in energy-saving driving techniques,” Nutzinger added.
A monitor was installed in the foyer of the Essen office in May to display the monthly consumption of gas, water and electricity. The goal is to raise awareness among employees, prompting them to change their behavior and ultimately to improve energy efficiency in the building. DB Schenker Logistics already offers climate-friendly transportation and logistics solutions, including reduced-CO2 and CO2-neutral products through investment in climate protection programs.
SOURCE: Submitted by DB Schenker