EUROPE – Together with most freight and logistics providers DHL Global Forwarding, the air and sea freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group and a leading provider of road haulage services, is keen to reduce its carbon footprint and, as is the case with many of its competitors, the German based forwarder believes that increased use of rail transport for the transportation of containers to and from the loading terminals of the various ocean shipping companies is a simple way to achieve at least part of its environmental objectives.
DHL will be using the rail network for consolidated freight containers which have to be transported from the transhipment facility in Bremen to the terminals of the different liner shipping companies in Hamburg and Bremerhaven. Up to now, these containers were taken by road transport to the various sea freight terminals but by opting to keep goods off the road, the logistics company estimates it will be able to save approximately 365 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
The container redistribution facility in Bremen is one of Europe's most important sea freight transhipment centres. It is the base from which around 7,500 consolidated freight containers are transported to the terminals of various shipping companies each year. With rail transport proving its efficiency first of all in a trial phase from the beginning of April 2011 onward and then in regular operation, DHL is now offering the solution to other shipping companies as well.
The climate protection target which Deutsche Post DHL has set itself is to improve the CO2 efficiency of its own operations and those of its transportation subcontractors by 30 percent by 2020 (with 2007 as the benchmark year). The logistics group is well on the way to achieving this: Deutsche Post DHL has reached its interim target - improving its own energy efficiency by 10 percent by 2012 ahead of schedule. Dr. Jürgen Klenner, Vice President, DHL Global Forwarding Germany, Strategy & Business Program, commented:
"Thanks to projects such as this changeover of container transportation between Bremen, Bremerhaven and Hamburg, we are able to implement our GoGreen program, thus saving one tonne of CO2 emissions daily. As much as 50 percent of a product's carbon footprint is generated in the course of transportation. Together with the shipping companies, we will continue to develop environmentally friendly solutions for logistics processes in the future."