Lenovo, a worldwide technology company, is flying 20 tonnes of chargeable weight per week from Shanghai (PVG) to Frankfurt (FRA), joining DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo on the road to greener supply chains (FRA).
The carbon-neutral freighter trip is the world’s only regular full charter connection that is entirely funded by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). SAF is made from biodegradable trash and leftover raw materials like discarded cooking oils. On these weekly flights, Lenovo will ship laptops and PCs to both consumers and businesses.
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.”
In April 2021, DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo launched the world’s first regular SAF-covered full charter air cargo service between Frankfurt and Shanghai, and the partnership was extended throughout the winter flight schedule. The CO2 emitted during engine combustion is just CO2 extracted from the environment during the photosynthesis phase of the plants used to refine the oils SAF is made from.
Lenovo saves roughly 20 tonnes of conventional kerosene every flight and, as a result, 62 tonnes of greenhouse gases (CO2e Well-to-Wheel) weekly by choosing the SAF-based mode of transportation offered by DB Schenker in collaboration with Lufthansa Cargo. Furthermore, the approximately 16 tonnes of CO2e produced and transported by the SAF (upstream emissions) are accounted for.