In achieving the self-imposed climate targets, DB Schenker also relies on partners from research. One of them: the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML). The institute supports players in assessing logistics infrastructure and logistics systems with regard to sustainability. We introduce you to two of their projects.
Greenhouse gas emissions as an investment factor for logistics infrastructure
How does the investment in logistics infrastructure effect greenhouse gas emissions? In order to be able to make a reliable statement about this, the Fraunhofer IML is developing a valuation method in cooperation with the Dutch research partner CE Delft. The construction and operation of terminals will be taken into account as well as all other factors that directly or indirectly cause the emission of greenhouse gases, such as the relocation of traffic.
The project has a very practical purpose: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will use the method as a factor in deciding whether to support a logistic infrastructure project. Even in the application phase, it should be able to provide clues as to how GHG emissions would change as a result of planned investments.
To make this user-friendly, the assessment method is supposedly implemented in a calculation tool by the summer of this year. In order to obtain nearly accurate results, additional relevant data will be integrated – including information on country-specific market developments and transport technologies. Subsequently, the EBRD wants to test the tool on the basis of its current projects.
Emissions figures of logistics locations
Logistics locations contribute about one percent of Germany’s total GHG emissions. How high the carbon footprint of a logistics property turns out, however, can vary significantly. For example, cooling causes a strong upward swing.
To be able to make reliable statements and compare values, the Fraunhofer IML has developed a valuation method. With the help of logistics partners, the institute is currently putting the process to the acid test. “We’ve already gained over 30 companies that provide us with exemplary data,” says Dr. Kerstin Dobers, Deputy Head of the Department “Environment and Resource Logistics” of the Fraunhofer IML. “Also DB Schenker gave us access to data from a total of eight locations.”
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The results of the market study will be used to further optimize the valuation approach. Finally, as part of the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) initiative, it benefits something even bigger: the development of a standard for evaluating the carbon footprint of entire supply chains. With its help, emissions and sustainability of value chains can be examined in more detail and recommendations for action derived. DB Schenker can also benefit from this in achieving its climate goals.