In Germany, DB Schenker has extended its portfolio of climate-friendlier logistics solutions by opening the next chapter of greener transport in air freight. With immediate effect, customers can choose Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for their air transport to anywhere in the world and independent of the type of aircraft or airline used. Via virtual allocation of the biofuel, it is possible to avoid up to 100 percent of CO2 emissions.
DB Schenker only uses biofuel which is certified palm oil free. Currently, SAF is 3-5 times more expensive than regular fossil-based fuel.
For their ESG reporting, customers deciding to pay the premium for virtual allocation of SAF for an air freight shipment receive certification for the exact amount of greenhouse gases avoided. While the actual physical insertion of SAF might occur on different flights, the climate is protected as the exact CO2 emissions of a flight or shipment with conventional kerosene are avoided. This process is called a virtual application and can also be exercised for upstream emissions originating from the production and transport of the biofuel itself.
The new global offer complements DB Schenker’s unique weekly full charter route between Germany and China, launched in spring 2021 and still the only regular air cargo flight in the world to be fully covered by SAF. Over 150 round-trip flights with Lufthansa Cargo have already avoided more than 40,000 metric tons of CO2e. Individual SAF agreements with further airline partners, for example a recent purchase of SAF credits at Singapore Airlines, will continue as well.