DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo extend CO2-free cargo flights; Nokia partners



DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo made history on November 29, 2020, when a cargo flight rotated between Europe and Asia, whose fuel needs are fully met by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). To continue their contribution to a greener future, DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo are extending their weekly CO2-free cargo flights between Frankfurt and Shanghai.

The joint mission will continue throughout the winter flight program until March 2022. Nokia is now committed to the initiative. Each week, the global telecommunications network provider will avoid greenhouse gas emissions by using the world’s only cargo flight covered 100% by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), produced from renewable waste, such as used cooking oils.

The fuel requirements for the rotation of flights from Frankfurt (FRA) to Shanghai (PVG) and back are fully covered by SAF. This saves around 174 tonnes of conventional kerosene each week. During the 2021 summer flight schedule, the initiative succeeded in reducing 20,250 tonnes of greenhouse gases (CO2e). In the next winter flight program, from the end of October 2021 to the end of March 2022, an additional 14,175 tonnes are expected.

Thorsten Meincke, Global Air & Ocean Freight Board Member at DB Schenker, “The team’s ambitious goal of climate neutrality affects every business and how our customers view their footprint in their supply chains as well. . Together with Lufthansa Cargo, we are expanding our unique offer of carbon neutral scheduled flights. The full rotation of SAF charter flights is a game-changer as it goes beyond a pay-as-you-go system. We are delighted to have Nokia on board as a major new customer for our westbound flights. Together, we can avoid CO2 and take one more step towards a more sustainable future. “

Over the next five months, Nokia will use the carbon neutral flight offering to ship a weekly cargo volume of 10 tonnes of communications network equipment from a production facility in Shanghai to its European hub in Tilburg in the Netherlands. Low. This shipment is fully covered by SAF to reduce carbon emissions by 100% over the life cycle, avoiding any offsets.

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia: “Investing in sustainable solutions is a top priority for us and a goal shared with our partners. We can only achieve our climate goals together. Innovation and cross-sector collaboration are essential for a greener supply chain. We are constantly striving to reduce our carbon footprint in transport and logistics, and air freight contributes significantly to this. This collaboration to transport our 5G equipment on carbon neutral flights is another important step. “

The end-to-end agreement with DB Schenker covers both air and land freight transport from Shanghai to Tilburg. All elements of land transport will be covered using another type of advanced biofuel, hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO).

Ashwin Bhat, Commercial Director of Lufthansa Cargo, said: “Using SAF is a possibility to fly CO2-free today. We are very proud to be able to expand our partnership with DB Schenker in the coming months. We firmly believe that the transformation of our business into CO2 neutral air cargo can be best achieved when we join forces. “

The SAF of this collaboration is produced entirely from waste and residues of raw materials, for example from used cooking oils. Currently, SAF is about three times more expensive than conventional fossil kerosene.

The SAF used for the DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo air link is produced by Neste, one of the leading suppliers of sustainable fuel. The Finnish producer is currently increasing its production of sustainable aviation fuel Neste MY to 1.5 million tonnes per year by the end of 2023.


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