CO2 savings through freight train transportation

Last year BUTTING got a bit closer to achieving its environmental policy goals: by shifting large parts of our transports to the railways, we were able to reduce our CO2 emissions.

In 2019, we transported goods with a total weight of over 37 000 tons, by freight trains instead of lorries. Most transports were from Knesebeck to Bremen. Here we benefited from the rail siding on the company premises, which is also becoming increasingly popular with our customers. As freight transport by rail is the most environmentally friendly method of transport, CO2 emissions were reduced considerably.

Using recognised tools for calculating the environmental impact of freight transport, such as the EcoTransIT World (Ecological Transport Information Tool), the environmental impact of transporting goods by lorry and train has been determined in accordance with standard EN 16258:2012. According to Arne Schramm, Head of Dispatch at BUTTING in Knesebeck, "the result of these calculations for the transport service provided showed that the rail solution enabled us to reduce CO2 emissions by almost half compared with travelling by road."

BUTTING has placed great emphasis on electromobility for some time now, and is increasingly using electric industrial lorries on the company premises. These do not emit CO2 during their operation.

The reduction of CO2 emissions is part of the environmental protection practised in our family business. For more than 240 years, responsible thinking and acting have been fundamental components of our corporate culture. In the context of a sustainable development process, a central principle of our corporate governance is the equal weighting given to environmental protection and to other company objectives. "For BUTTING, limited resources and conservation of the environment require an awareness of the effects on the environment of all processes and consistent and sustainable optimisation of the production process on the basis of these aspects – also and in particular when transporting and shipping our products", says Arne Schramm.


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