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Responsibility for increasing traffic

Climate change, globalization, energy and customer needs are the cornerstones impacting on DB Schenker when it comes to environment issues.

Climate change:
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is deemed to be the most important climate gas which has clearly reinforced the natural greenhouse effect for around 150 years now. An increase in carbon levels leads to a tangible increase in the average temperature of the earth's near-surface atmosphere. The transport sector ranks right after the energy industry as one of the main producers of carbon emissions. Whereas CO2 emissions are already sinking in some industries, the growing volumes of goods and travellers have resulted in a rise in the transport sector. This means there is a particularly urgent need for action, but also great potential for saving CO2 emissions.
Climate change has led to greater attention being focused on climate protection, i.e. reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases such as methane. However, growing demands to protect health and the environment are no less important, i.e. reducing nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur dioxides (SO2) together with carcinogenic particular matter from engines and noise reduction measures

Globalization and an economy that increasingly relies on divisions of labor are causing volumes of transport to rise. Companies operate on an international scale to compete successfully on the global market; this involves the procurement of raw materials, production and sales markets. The growing flows of goods result in higher volumes of transport and related emissions.

Mineral oil today is the world's prime raw material basis for running motor vehicles, ships and aircraft. Exporting nations face a major risk of fossil fuel shortages. The demand for oil is increasingly constantly due to the growth of industrialization in the emerging and developing countries. Energy-efficient behavior minimizes the dependency on oil as a source of energy and leads to greater planning reliability.

Customer interest:
In recent years, customers have become increasingly sensitive to the issue of climate protection. Studies and surveys on the issue of sustainable logistics show that demand for more environmentally friendly, more efficient transport options is rising. However, the willingness
to make sacrifices in terms of price, flexibility and schedule adherence remains low. Therefore, the most important approaches are
those that involve no additional costs. DB Schenker also provides climate protection measures and consulting services that are cost-neutral for the customer, or even result in cost savings as a result of a modal shift to cheaper transport modes.

Last modified: 16.12.2014

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