DHL Freight introduces “an important lever for reducing CO2 emissions”
DHL Freight has introduced a new, sustainable solution for intermodal freight transport between Germany and Denmark.
Freight trains leave the destination terminal in Duisburg on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and depart from the combined transport terminal in Padborg, Denmark, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Rail transport takes around twelve hours and is available to customers with full truck loads (FTL). Of course, DHL Freight also offers an end-to-end solution with pick-up and delivery. The rail connection is operated by the rail logistics company TX Logistik, which maintains an efficient European network with connections in eleven countries. As part of Mercitalia Logistics, TX Logistik is responsible for the development of the group’s international activities. An important step on this path is the strengthening of the network with a renowned customer such as DHL.
“We are introducing this new train connection exclusively for our customers. In line with our sustainability strategy to create emission-free logistics by 2050, shifting traffic from road to rail is an important lever for reducing CO2 emissions for certain routes. In addition, we are responding to our customers’ growing demand for green transport solutions. This new train connection alone is expected to save up to 11,500 tonnes of CO2 per year. This makes it a perfect complement to our recently launched GoGreen Plus service,” explains Uwe Brinks, CEO of DHL Freight.
The new solution is another milestone in DHL Freight’s shift of road freight to rail. It ensures that transport links between Denmark, Benelux and Germany benefit from smoother logistics, lower emissions and a more reliable transport service. As part of its sustainability roadmap and in line with Deutsche Post DHL Group’s sustainability goals, DHL Freight intends to further expand the use of rail connections and intermodal solutions. DHL Freight already transports its freight with more than 3,900 trains on various trade routes in Europe, working with various rail transport companies. In Germany alone, DHL Freight transports more than 970 heavy-duty trailers per week by train.
Reducing emissions through rail transport
The new connection will significantly reduce road traffic by shifting up to 240 truckloads per week to rail. Since rail transport is less CO2 intensive compared to other logistics solutions, this leads to significant emission savings. 1.05 tonnes of CO2 are saved per truck, which adds up to 250 tonnes per week and 11,500 tonnes per year. In combination with the GoGreen Plus service for pick-up and delivery by DHL Freight, customers can significantly reduce the emissions of their land transport.