On April 1, 2021, the first regular carbon neutral cargo flight from DB Schenker in cooperation with Lufthansa Cargo took off from Frankfurt, Germany to Shanghai, China. Starting with the new summer flight schedule, the logistics service provider now offers customers weekly carbon neutral cargo flights.
“As of now, carbon neutral supply chains are also feasible with air freight. Our weekly flights between Frankfurt and Shanghai are the kick-off of a new era. We are proud to have already convinced so many customers of this future-orientated product. Next, business and politics have to take charge to create more capacity for regenerative fuels and clean aviation.”
To achieve carbon neutrality, DB Schenker is using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made out of biomass waste such as used vegetable and cooking oils. Thus, when burned in the engine, the same amount of carbon dioxide is released which was previously removed from the atmosphere during the original plant growth.
With this regular long-term air freight product, DB Schenker provides a sustainable opportunity as a frontrunner in the industry. CEO Jochen Thewes recently urged stakeholders to end the era of fossil fuels in air freight by using alternative fuels such as power-to-liquid. With the regular carbon neutral flights between Frankfurt and Shanghai, 174 tons of fossil fuel will be saved every week.