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Maersk looks to cut rail transport emissions in Germany

Maersk looks to cut rail transport emissions in Germany
The trains will run connect the Port of Bremerhaven with Germany's economic centres

In a bid to minimise CO2 emissions, Maersk has extended its sustainability support for German rail customers with a new CapO2 free intermodal transports solution, which is now available on 85% of its German inland rail services.

The cost neutral system aims to reduce CO2 emissions to zero and save around 9,100 tonnes of CO2 annually compared to conventional trains and approximately 40,000 tonnes compared to road transport.

Johannes Tenschert, Maersk intermodal sales manager, Germany, said: “Our aim is to be able to convert 100% of our rail inland network in a year from now, by Q1 2022.

“This is another example of Maersk’s effort to help customers reach their goals to reduce their CO₂ footprint.”

The container trains, powered by green electricity, will connect the seaport of Bremerhaven with domestic economic centres such as Mannheim, Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Munich.

Maersk rail transport in Germany is facilitated by ERS/boxXpress.de which operates 100% electric trains in the country. The Hamburg railway company uses 100% renewable hydropower.

Bernd Decker, managing director at ERS and Board member at boxXpress.de, noted: “It is recognised by TÜV Nord as ‘Certified Green Electricity’.”