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Green power: More than 1.5 Mio kilometers covered with electric vehicles

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Green power: More than 1.5 Mio kilometers covered with electric vehicles. Image: DB Schenker
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DB Schenker is focusing on green supply chains of the future and has already completed more than 1.5 million kilometers with electrically powered trucks in its European land transport network. The company published the figure at the DB Schenker Sustainable Logistics Forum in Berlin. 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: “To achieve our climate change targets, we urgently need to decarbonize 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: “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: “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 is organizing 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.

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Rhenus to achieve LCL carbon neutrality through a pilot project

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Rhenus Group, a leading global logistics service provider, announces positive progress in the efforts to achieve LCL carbon neutrality through a pilot project to ensure that the reduction of emissions complies with international standards. Rhenus is working with ClimatePartner, an independent consultancy, to verify the calculation methodology and offset the amount of CO2 through verified and audited carbon offset projects.

The ClimatePartner label, which confirms the carbon neutrality of the products under the Rhenus name, will be available to companies who engage Rhenus to export LCL shipments from the Central European Gateway in Hilden starting this year. Currently, the emissions from the operations during Q1 2022 have been calculated and offset, the rest of 2022 will follow. With the offset result from this pilot project, Rhenus has invested in a wind energy project which promotes less reliance on fossil fuels.

“Our LCL Gateway in Hilden is the biggest Rhenus consolidation hub worldwide and moving towards a sustainable direction is our focus. In parallel with minimising direct emissions, Rhenus is willing and ready to take the extra steps in developing services with a verified carbon-neutral label. This is only the start of our journey to decarbonising logistics services.” said Julian Broeer, Regional Head LCL Europe of Rhenus Air & Ocean.

“Contributing to sustainable logistics is a core objective of Rhenus and the green logistics efforts. We are encouraged by the promising progress thus far. Results and learnings of this pilot project will lay the foundation for our goal to achieve 100 percent carbon neutrality for all LCL shipments worldwide by 2030,” said Jan Harnisch, the newly appointed global Co-CEO of Rhenus Air & Ocean.

The pilot project is the first step in the Rhenus strategy to neutralise the carbon emissions of its LCL product by 2030, which was announced in late 2021. Future plans for Rhenus include opening more carbon-neutral trade lanes, expanding its sustainability product offerings and actively researching effective ways to efficiently reduce emissions.

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MOL to equip bulk carrier with the “Wind Challenger” hard sail system

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced its intent to equip a second bulk carrier with the “Wind Challenger” hard sail system, which harnesses the power of wind to propel the vessel. MOL Group company MOL Drybulk Ltd. will operate the vessel, which will transport wood pellets for Enviva Inc., the world’s leading producer of sustainable wood bioenergy, and has signed a construction contract for the new ship with Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. The vessel, slated for delivery in 2024, will be the second Wind Challenger-equipped vessel in the MOL Group fleet, following one scheduled to enter services in October of this year.

MOL group is also examining the feasibility of adopting “Rotor Sails,” an auxiliary wind propulsion system developed by Anemoi Marine Technologies Ltd, of the U.K. Combined use of both the Wind Challenger and Rotor Sails is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 20%.

For years, Enviva and MOL have engaged in discussions to improve the efficiency of marine transportation through a contract for the shipping of wood pellets in Atlantic waters. In recent years, there has been a need to reduce the environmental impact of the entire supply chain. As we entered into a partnership in March 2021 with the aim of realizing an environmentally friendly bulk carrier, we have been considering the introduction of energy-saving technology and this is a culmination of our studies so far.

MOL Group clearly states that the group will make a concerted effort to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050, under “MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1.” It will further push forward adoption of energy-saving technologies using wind such as the Wind Challenger and Rotor Sails, to help reduce GHG emissions and realize a low- and de-carbonized society.

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MOL launches joint study on ship fuel with Japan’s NIES

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced the launch of a joint study on ship fuel with Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies. The National Institute for Environmental Studies- MOL launches joint study on ship fuel with Japan’s NIES is the only national institute in Japan conducting a broad range of interdisciplinary and integrated environmental research

MOL and NIES, collaboration with each extensive past experience of fuel analysis records, will conduct fuel quality analysis and research for the safe operation of machinery on vessels over a period of about three years. They will also aim to develop a database of such results, which would help to predict environmental impacts in terms of different of fuel quality as well as characteristics and reduce risks of oil leakage in case of troubles. In addition, this collaboration is also extended to cover one of the alternative clean fuels, biofuel.

With this study, MOL plans to collaborate with big data in the “BUNKER HUB” fuel oil and lubricant analysis result management system developed and operated by MOL Technology Research Center. “BUNKER HUB,” MOL’s new system to manage fuel oil and lubricant analysis results, started its service in August 2021. The system consolidates statistical data such as “analysis results by vessel/region” and “off-spec bunker occurrence area distribution” on the cloud. It also allows online access/monitoring of analysis data, anytime and anywhere.

MOL also aims to contribute to technological improvement and safe operation in the maritime cluster and promote the development of the maritime industry by utilizing its accumulated analysis results and data through. MOL Group will contribute to realizing a sustainable society by promoting responses to sustainability issues, which are identified as social issues that must be addressed as priorities through its business.

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