DB Schenker, CMA CGM offer regular emission-free ocean freight

offers Thai shippers intermodal
From Penang, the two weekly services will head for Malaysia’s top export destinations in Asia including Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Qingdao, and Busan. Photo from CMA CGM
  • 2,500 tons of biofuel purchased for all DB Schenker LCL service volumes worldwide
  • 100% net carbon zero transports with an immediate effect on existing tonnage
  • DB Schenker and CMA CGM make a significant step towards decarbonizing ocean freight

DB Schenker has signed a purchase contract for more than 2,500 tons of biofuel with CMA CGM, becoming the first logistics company to switch its entire LCL volumes with the French shipping giant to regular carbon-free production.

Biofuel amounting to 2,500 tons is more than required to transport all LCL (less-than-container load). The deal will enable DB Schenker to reach net carbon zero emission on a well-to-wake (WTW) basis on the LCL segment, thanks to this over-allocation.

By joining forces to offer green container transport, which immediately cuts the environmental footprint of maritime transport, both DB Schenker and CMA CGM make a significant step towards decarbonizing ocean freight.

DB Schenker said customers can book the carbon-zero LCL option with immediate effect and receive a certificate of the emission reduction for their climate balance sheet.

The cooperation has the potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 7,000 tons CO2e well-to-wake, which corresponds with at least 100% of the WTW emissions of the LCL containers handled by CMA CGM, making it one of the most significant deals in ocean freight logistics.

“We are excited to make a significant investment in reducing the CO2 footprint in container sea freight. Running on biofuel marks another important step towards greener supply chains and pays into our overall sustainability agenda in ocean freight,” said Thorsten Meincke, global board member for air and Ocean Freight at DB Schenker.

”Our goal is to become a sustainability leader of the logistics industry and net carbon-zero by 2040, and we are ambitiously taking the lead here with CMA CGM.”

Olivier Nivoix, executive vice president for Lines at CMA CGM Group, said as a pioneer and leader in sustainable shipping and logistics, the group has pledged that alternative fuels will cover at least 10 % of its consumption by 2023.

“We already offer our customers a range of turnkey solutions to tackle their carbon footprint. Biofuel is one of the solutions to decarbonize shipping, and we are delighted about the bold partnership we are launching today with DB Schenker,” Nivoix said.

“CMA CGM continues to invest heavily in research and development alongside its industrial partners to identify the energy sources of the future.”

Biofuel can integrate into regular operations without infrastructure or supply chain adjustments; it is practical and suitable for everyday use. Biofuel is produced from waste materials, such as used cooking oil.