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DB Cargo presents Global Vision 2045

As their impact on the lives and very future of all organisms on Earth unfolds, climate change and global warming pose existential risks to us all and are, arguably, the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Against this backdrop, radically reducing global CO2 emissions is an absolute necessity. 

The transport sector has an important role to play in this. It must take effective action and make fast progress towards climate neutrality. This is because the sector accounts for some 20% of CO2 emissions, making it Germany's third-largest source of greenhouse gases after energy and industry. Within the transport business, large lorries account for around a quarter of emissions. 

This is where DB Cargo comes in. The simple fact is that trains are one of the most environmentally friendly ways of transporting goods from A to B. Today, a freight train generates 80% to 100% less CO2 than its road transport equivalent. On top of that, it can move as much cargo as 52 lorries combined. This takes pressure off the environment, reduces CO2 emissions and relieves overcrowded roads. 

Sustainable future

DB Cargo is setting a course for a sustainable future. We already run 3,600 trains a day, which means some 90,000 fewer lorries on the road and the elimination of seven million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year. But this is just the beginning. The DB Group has very clear goals in mind: we want to become climate neutral by 2040 and achieve a fully balanced CO2 account.

Making DB Cargo green

This is the subject of our film, "Global Vision 2045". It provides a detailed portrait of us as a rail freight company along with information about our role as leaders in sustainability. The video features interviews with several figures from DB Cargo. We offer insights and explanations about how we will achieve our decarbonisation goals, what challenges we have to overcome and where exactly we are taking action. Our CEO Dr Sigrid Nikutta reaffirms our goals. See for yourself here:
 

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Taulov Kombiterminal er et intermodalt knudepunkt

Den intermodale terminal i Taulov, som drives af DB Cargo Scandinavia, er et af de vigtigste knudepunkter for intermodale transporttjenester til og fra Skandinavien. Her håndteres alle former for gods: ammoniak fra Holland, stål fra Sverige og affald fra Italien.

Jan Andersen, Head of Location Management hos DB Cargo Scandinavia, forklarer, hvordan terminalen har fået denne status:

- Det skyldes i høj grad vores specifikke logistikportefølje i forbindelse med vores supplerende tjenester. Disse kommer vores Taulov-kunder til gode.

Alle former for tjenester er tilgængelige på Taulov, f.eks. depotplads til lagring af containere og vogne samt hurtig mulighed for tomme containere. Virksomheden tager sig også af planlægning og styring af lastning og transport. Og det stopper ikke her: kvalitetssikring, pakning og ompakning er også et tilbud.

- Det vigtigste er, at vi udvikler skræddersyede logistikløsninger til kunderne. De strategier, som vi har fulgt i mere end ti år, når vi har ydet denne form for støtte, er blevet en integreret del af vores daglige forretning, siger Andersen.

God beliggenhed for omladning på jernbane og vej

En af terminalens andre fordele er dens beliggenhed midt i Danmark, hvor nord-sydgående og øst-vestgående transportkorridorer mødes. Andersen fortæller:

- Vores terminal ligger på Scan-Med-korridoren, forkortet RFC3. Det er den jernbanegodstransportrute, der forbinder de nordiske lande og Middelhavsområdet, og den giver os en fremragende adgang til DB Cargos europæiske netværk af jernbaneforbindelser, der kører mellem Sydvesteuropa og Skandinavien.

Taulov-terminalen har endnu en styrke: den ligger kun ti kilometer fra Fredericia. Det er Danmarks næststørste fragthavn og den perfekte base for at forbinde skibsfart med højfrekvente, miljøvenlige jernbaneforbindelser.

Nordgående jernbanetransport er i fremgang, og nye digitale processer øger effektiviteten og kvaliteten.

- Vores digitale processer for lastvogns- og togdisponering gør det muligt for os at reducere gennemløbstiden på terminalen og levere højere kvalitet til vores kunder, siger Andersen.

Taulovs multimodale terminal er på vej mod vækst

Terminalens optimerede drift tiltrækker nye kunder og større mængder, så DB Cargo Scandinavia planlægger at indlede forhandlinger om en udvidelse af stedet. Den seneste modernisering omfattede installation af 450 meter nye spor og forbedring af vejadgangen foruden et lager på 5.000 kvm og en adgangsport.

- Takket være disse faciliteter kan vi modtage og videresende mellem 100 og 150 containere med jernbane, vand og vej hver dag, siger Andersen.

Derudover har FS Logistics ApS med base i Fredericia oprettet Taulov Tank Terminal lige ved siden af. Denne omladningsbase for kemikalier er den eneste af sin art i Danmark.

Erik Koning, senior account manager hos DB Cargo BTT, siger:

- Tankterminalen er en unik facilitet til sikker og effektiv flytning af farligt gods i gasform fra tankvogne til lastvogne med henblik på videre transport. Alt dette giver Taulov fordele, som er uden sidestykke på noget andet sted i Skandinavien.

Kunderne nyder godt af samarbejdet hos Taulov

En vigtig DB Cargo BTT-kunde, der nyder godt af dette, er OCI Nitrogen, en hollandsk kemikalievirksomhed, der leverer ammoniak til Skandinavien. DB Cargos medarbejdere i Taulov rangerer dets tankvogne til den tilstødende tankterminal.

- Et farligt stof som ammoniak kræver en pålidelig transportservice med meget høje sikkerhedsstandarder. Taulov giver OCI Nitrogen flere fordele: effektiv og pålidelig rangeringsstyring takket være vores kolleger hos DB Cargo Scandinavia og sikker overførsel af ammoniak fra tankvogne til lastbiler ved tankterminalen, siger Koning.

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From Norway to Germany with waste paper

105 kilos: according to Germany's Federal Environment Agency, this is how much paper, paperboard and cardboard the country consumed per person in 2020. Put everyone together and it adds up to a total of 18.3 million tonnes. That same year, the German paper industry produced around 21.4 million tonnes of these products, using approximately 17 million tonnes of waste paper from Germany and other European countries. In other words, waste paper accounted for some 79% of the total output volume. This is where a joint logistics solution from DB Cargo and Smurfit Kappa Recycling B.V. comes in. It is already increasing the role for sustainable rail transport in Europe's waste paper recycling processes.

"We have been transporting waste paper from Denmark to Germany for many years," says Carolin Niess, Account Manager at DB Cargo Scandinavia. "Norway was newly included at the end of 2021 and has filled a gap in our network. When you think of Norway, the options for operating rail freight to Central Europe aren't immediately obvious."

Efficiently coordinating lorries, ships and freight trains
In a first step, waste paper compressed into bales is collected by truck in Tønsberg, Kristiansand and Arendal and driven to a ferry terminal. There, the lorries board the ferry to Hirtshals in Denmark before continuing on to Aalborg, which is where the waste paper bales are transferred to DB Cargo trains bound for Germany via the single wagon network. Their ultimate destination is the Smurfit Kappa papermill at Hoya, an hour's drive south of Bremen. "This multimodal solution is exciting because Norway is a new market for us and because this trimodal transport network demonstrates how efficiently lorries, ships and rail freight can work together," says Niess.  

Freight volume doubles in a single year
The concept is working: DB Cargo Scandinavia has almost doubled its single wagonload shipments with Smurfit Kappa Recycling, from 35,500 tonnes in 2020 to 61,500 tonnes in 2021. "The other benefit is that there are no empty runs," adds Niess. "Wagons loaded with goods for Danish consumers and waste for Danish combined heat and power plants head north to Denmark from Italy and Germany and return south with waste paper." 

"Freight trains are crucial for sustainable overland transport"
For Chris Fleuren, logistics manager at Smurfit Kappa Recycling, the new transport solution is key to the company's climate protection goals, which include achieving net zero emissions by 2050. "The circular economy plays a central role in our sustainability mission." The company plans to supply customers with sustainable packaging as a way of cutting water consumption as well as waste and CO2 production. Creating a suitable logistics system is a decisive factor, he says: "Rail freight transport is essential for delivering sustainable overland transport for waste management activities. This also applies to carbon-neutral waste paper transport, something that DB Cargo has excelled at for years." 

Waste paper: Green pioneer for the circular economy 
Collecting and recycling paper has long been well established in Germany and elsewhere, and waste paper is now the most important raw material for paper producers alongside pulp and water. Lorries collect commercial and municipal paper recycling containers and bring them to storage facilities in the local region. From there, trains then transport the material to private and municipal waste management companies, which sort it and press it into bales for onward transport. Waste paper suppliers such as Smurfit Kappa Recycling B.V. collect the bales from the waste management companies and transport them to paper mills. There, the waste paper is first transformed into pulp as a way of removing foreign matter and fibre failures. Afterwards, the remaining 80% of the material is turned into new paper. 

About Smurfit Kappa 
Smurfit Kappa is one of the world's leading producers of paper-based packaging. The company employs around 46,000 people and has approximately 350 production sites in 35 countries: 23 are in Europe and 12 in the Americas. In 2020, the Smurfit Kappa Group's global sales amounted to EUR 8.5 billion. When it was established in Dublin in 1934, the company produced cardboard and other packaging boxes for the Irish market. Following its acquisition by businessman Jefferson Smurfit in 1938, it grew to become the leading manufacturer of paper-based packaging in Ireland. 

Jefferson Smurfit continued to expand and moved into the US market, where the company merged with Chicago-based Stone Container Corporation in 1998. Making the most of new markets and new manufacturing facilities, it became the global industry leader in paper-based packaging production. Smurfit Kappa was formed in 2005 when Jefferson Smurfit merged with Kappa Packaging – a Dutch company founded in 1974 and Europe's largest manufacturer of corrugated paper and cardboard packaging. The corporation's global headquarters is in Dublin, with regional headquarters in Amsterdam and Miami.

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