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Sustainability central to DB Schenker’s 150th anniversary
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Sustainability central to DB Schenker’s 150th anniversary

8 Jun 2022 · Prosperity

IRU member DB Schenker has marked 150 years in business with a Sustainable Logistics Forum in Berlin. IRU was there.

DB Schenker is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year with a series of special events. Last week in Berlin saw a Sustainable Logistics Forum, with the company bringing together partners, clients and government figures to look ahead to greener transport and logistics solutions. 

As a discussion platform for shippers and carriers, the event also featured a keynote from German Transport State Secretary Hartmut Höppner, and speakers from across all modes in global supply chains. 

IRU’s Global Advocacy Director Matthias Maedge, representing the road transport sector, outlined IRU’s Green Compact in a panel on how sustainability will impact logistics in the future, alongside speakers from Lufthansa and maritime shipping multinational CMA CGM.  

The IRU Green Compact is an evidence-based, regionally-adapted roadmap to accelerate decarbonsiation through alternative fuels, efficient logistics, collective passenger transport, vehicle efficiency and driver training measures. 

Matthias Maedge also spoke about more immediate concerns of the industry, including the Ukraine war, fuel price escalation, driver shortages and ongoing supply chain disruptions, and the impact of these on the road transport sector’s ability to drive decarbonisation over the longer-term.

“We are proud to be involved in several sustainability projects with DB Schenker, including a TIR pilot in the Middle East, which will help to reduce transit times and hence lower CO2 emissions significantly. It’s great to see DB Schenker’s commitment to be a decarbonisation leader in global supply chains,” said Matthias Maedge.

DB Schenker will continue to intensify joint efforts, including via its membership of IRU, for environmentally friendly transport and logistics solutions.