Environmental Protection

The CargoLine partners have firmly anchored environmental protection in the values and objectives of the cooperation. Consequently, they have developed a CO2 emission calculator in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Dirk Lohre from the Steinbeis consulting centre FORLOGIC as one of the first cooperations. The CargoLine partners have been using it since November 2012.

Instead of calculating with theoretical reference values, as is common practice in the industry, all CargoLiners and their subcontractors meticulously collected the basic data for the CO2 calculator in a detailed process. The result is a greenhouse gas balance according to DIN EN 14064 or according to Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG) with real data1 that reflect the geographical and structural differences of the partners2 and which, when calculating emissions per shipment or per customer, result in the actual Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) of a shipment with specific weight and distance characteristics. These values are much more realistic than emission figures where the corporate or network carbon footprint is distributed across the total number of shipments in a lump sum.

The cooperation partners regularly repeat this survey, so that they can always say exactly which environmental protection measures have been taken and which will have priority in the future. Incidentally, the CargoLine CO2 calculator is one of only a few in the industry to be certified in accordance with DIN EN 16258.

However, because a company can never operate without emissions despite all its efforts, the CargoLine system headquarters has agreed with the climate protection provider ARKTIK to compensate for the business trips of its employees. Through this cooperation, CargoLine partners can also offer their customers CO2-neutral transports.


Our environmental protection measures include:

  • driver training courses to cut fuel consumption
  • use of low rolling resistance tyres and tyre pressure monitoring systems
  • modern fleet, testing of gas/diesel drives
  • combined transport
  • avoidance of empty runs thanks to modern route planning software
  • stop-start technology
  • city logistics
  • installation of photovoltaic systems
  • installation of strip lighting in warehouses
  • construction of new energy-neutral forwarding facilities
  • reduction in power, paper and water consumption
  • truck wash facilities with biological water treatment
  • and much more

1 subdivided into the three areas of transport (local transport and various main run variants including overhangs and special runs), administration (system headquarters and partner companies) and stationary processes (handling in the hubs as well as in the partner depots). In this context, Verbund also takes into account the recording of subcontractors

2 handling technology, tonnage, territorial structure, fleet size and composition, energy consumption and company size