Activities in Austria and South East Europe
Green logistics means optimizing transport chains and the flow of goods, utilizing alternative drive systems, employing sustainable building concepts when constructing logistics facilities, and increasing the environmental awareness of our employees and suppli
At DB Schenker, we implement consistent measures for continually and permanently improving our ecological footprint. Here are some best practice examples from Austria and Southeastern Europe:
DB Schenker and natural gas
We’ve been operating green natural gas-powered trucks for quite some time in Austria, especially in inner city areas.We have also now started utilizing such vehicles in Bucharest and Cluj in Romania in order to ensure the eco-friendly, low-CO2 transport of your merchandise to those cities as well. The use of a sustainable city logistics concept and an alternative drive concept like natural gas can reduce emissions by as much as 25 percent.
The rolling highway (ROLA)
DB Schenker, ÖKOMBI, and the Rail Cargo Austria Group cooperate in a system that transfers complete trucks with trailers onto trains for environmentally friendly transport by rail. DB Schenker has been using such a rolling highway since 2012 on the rail route between Salzburg and Trieste — and eliminating more than 2,000 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere in the process.
PowerRailer is DB Schenker’s intelligently organized block train service for reliable and environmentally friendly shipments to and from destinations in Southeastern Europe. Some 2,000 such block trains are used each year, and each train’s CO2 emissions are around two-thirds lower than what a conventional truck would produce traveling the same route.
The use of PowerRailer allowed us to increase the share of steel shipments from Bulgaria to Hungary accounted for by rail transport from 25 to 65 percent. This increase corresponds to around 2,500 truckloads over a period of three years. The higher share of rail transport therefore also eliminates most of the CO2 emissions produced by the truck shipments that the train shipments have replaced.
Hydrogen-powered pallet trucks
DB Schenker uses pallet trucks powered by hydrogen. Pallet trucks at our Linz/Hörsching logistics facility are equipped with a range extender in the form of a hydrogen-powered fuel cell. An onsite reforming system transforms biomethane gas into hydrogen, which it then compresses and stores. The entire process produces a very low level of CO2 emissions. The pallet trucks are charged at a hydrogen filling station in the terminal hall at the facility. The charging process is completed in just a few minutes, which is much shorter than the time it takes to recharge conventional batteries.
The associated project was carried out by the following partners under the direction of Petra Schemitsch, an Environmental Manager at DB Schenker:
Solar cells on our terminal roofs
The flat roof of our DB Schenker facility in Bratislava has been equipped with a photovoltaic system that generates enough electricity to power all terminal operations. The unit also transfers surplus power into the Slovakian grid. Just some of the advantages offered by photovoltaic systems:
- Solar energy represents an unlimited resource.
- The photovoltaic facility makes no noise and produces no pollutant emissions.
- The solar cells have a lifespan of 30 years and can be easily recycled after that. Our photovoltaic facility in Bratislava reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 77 metric tons per year.
Modern and environmentally friendly terminals
We opened a new terminal near Prague in September 2013. The entire facility is equipped with state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly technologies. Here are just three examples:
- A solar water heating system
- A photovoltaic power station for a sustainable supply of electricity
- An intelligent lighting system that reduces the energy consumption of the entire site
Increasing the environmental awareness of our employees
The “Think Eco” campaign at DB Schenker Slovakia gave employees the opportunity to submit proposals for projects related to the topic of “New Eco Ideas.” The best ideas were then presented with awards at a company “Eco Day.” During the event, employees were also able to meet and exchange ideas with guests from the environmental community.
We also cooperated with NGOs on a nationwide environmental campaign in Romania in 2013. The campaign included various workshops on topics such as forest protection and “reduce-reuse-recycle.” In addition, DB Schenker Romania participated in the “Let’s Do It, Romania!” campaign that had volunteers collecting trash from roadsides, parks, railroad embankments etc.
Employee children are also getting involved in environmental protection at DB Schenker. For example, children of employees at DB Schenker Turkey are given regular assignments for contests designed to promote environmental awareness. The assignment for the most recent contest was to use waste to build models related to the topic of “The Environment.” Participating children are given a small gift that also has an environmental theme.
Last modified: 24.11.2014