Lenovo to use the SAF-covered full charter air cargo of DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo for a greener supply chain

Lenovo transports laptops and further IT hardware on the SAF flights. (Picture credit: Lufthansa Cargo)

(PRESS RELEASE) ESSEN, 11-Jan-2022— /EuropaWire/ — DB Schenker, a leader in supply chain management and logistics solutions part of Deutsche Bahn AG, and Lufthansa Cargo, a German cargo airline and a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa, have announced that Lenovo (HKG: 0992), a Chinese-American multinational technology company, will start using their SAF-covered full charter air cargo regular flights from Shanghai to Frankfurt towards a greener supply chain. The IT company will transport 20 tons of chargeable weight per week, which includes laptops, notebooks, and PCs, from Shanghai (PVG) to Frankfurt (FRA) by deploying the only regular full charter connection worldwide which is 100 percent covered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which is produced out of renewable waste and residue raw materials such as used cooking oils.

Thorsten Meincke, Global Board Member for Air & Ocean Freight at DB Schenker: “Our unique SAF full charter flights help corporates to make their shipments more sustainable. Lenovo is a major customer for this game-changing initiative and an example how shippers are keen for real change towards greener transports. We look forward to seeing further companies who would like to prioritize decarbonizing their supply chains together with us.”

Gareth Davies, Head of Global Logistics at Lenovo: “Sustainability is critical to our business and mission of delivering smarter technology for all. We are proud that we are further enhancing our solutions through this collaboration with DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo. For all businesses and individuals, adopting programs that improve sustainability is incredibly important and we are delighted about this new partnership.”

Ashwin Bhat, Chief Commercial Officer at Lufthansa Cargo: “Our joint effort with DB Schenker to avoid CO2 emissions is continuously growing stronger. An increasing number of customers realizes that we need to work together across industries to achieve our shared goal. Only together, we can make a real difference. With our SAF-covered flights, we are doing pioneer’s work.”

Lenovo shipment being loaded onto a Lufthansa Cargo aircraft at Shanghai Pudong Airport. (Picture credit: DB Schenker)

Ready for take-off: One of the SAF covered freighter flights during push-back in Shanghai. (Picture credit: DB Schenker)

DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo started the world’s first regular SAF-covered full charter air cargo connection between Frankfurt and Shanghai in April 2021 and extended the joint mission throughout the entire winter flight schedule. The CO2 released during combustion in the engine is only the CO2 removed from the atmosphere during the photosynthesis phase of the plants that were utilized to produce the oils SAF is refined from.

By opting for the SAF based way of transportation offered by DB Schenker in cooperation with Lufthansa Cargo, Lenovo saves around 20 tons of conventional kerosene per flight and, thus, 62 tons of greenhouse gases (CO2e Well-to-Wheel) weekly. In addition, the around 16 tons CO2e resulting from the production and transport of the SAF (upstream emissions) are offset by compensatory measures. Overall, full carbon neutrality is achieved.

Safe arrival in Europe: The SAF covered flight arrives in Frankfurt. (Picture credit: Lufthansa Cargo / Oliver Roesler)

DB Schenker shipment of Lenovo products on the apron at Frankfurt Airport. (Picture credit: Lufthansa Cargo / Oliver Roesler)

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Andrea Brandt
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45128 Essen

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