Thursday, August 12, 2010

Truly Pollution Free Logistics As DB Rail Freight Ships First Audi's

Schenker Shows the Way to a Cleaner Shipping Industry Future
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EUROPE – German rail freight giant DB Schenker have launched the first CO2-free product on the continent with the introduction of their Eco Plus system. Deutsche Bahn obtains the electricity required for transportation from renewable energy sources in Germany at an additional cost passed directly to the customer. Audi are the first to utilise the process and is now shipping finished vehicles between Ingolstadt and Emden CO2-free.

Goods can be shifted to Eco Plus on all national routes and the CO2-free transport option and energy procurement have been verified by the TÜV SÜD certification institute. Ten percent of DB’s revenues from Eco Plus are put toward financing the construction of new renewable energy power plants.

Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch, Member of the Management Board of DB Mobility Logistics AG, responsible for Transportation and Logistics, commented:

“We are delighted that Audi, one of our most important customers, is the first to make the switch to CO2-free rail transportation. Audi is sending a clear message!”

“Choosing Eco Plus is a further important milestone in our environmental strategy,” explained Dr. Ernst-Hermann Krog, Head of Brand Logistics at Audi AG. “Through this program, we can avoid emissions right from the start.”

Eco Plus from DB Schenker Rail is part of DB’s Climate Protection Program 2020, which aims to reduce the DB Group’s specific CO2 emissions worldwide by an additional 20 percent between 2006 and 2020. DB Schenker Rail operates 625 trains along the Ingolstadt–Emden route on behalf of Audi, transporting approximately 150,000 vehicles CO2-free. By switching transports to Eco Plus, Audi can cut its annual CO2 emissions by around 5,250 metric tons of CO2 compared to regular rail transportation.

Schenker have provided an internet tool to enable customers to accurately calculate their ecological footprint online for routes throughout the world. Called the EcoTransIT World tool one can apparently reliably compute CO2 and pollutant emissions for modes of transportation such as train, truck, airplane, inland vessel, ocean-going vessel and intermodal transport.

Photo:- The inaugural shipment of Audi cars en route using Eco Plus.