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Together on the railways: DB and Coca Cola for environmental goals

Together on the railways: DB and Coca Cola for environmental goals
photo: and Coca-Cola
15 / 02 / 2021

Coca Cola transports its long-distance goods by rail. The reason is simple. Rail transport is much more environmentally friendly. DB Cargo took the responsibility for Coca Cola’s timely logistics.

Coca Cola is expected to have a nationwide rail freight network in Germany built in February. There will be a total of 13 collection and loading points. As a result, about 1,900 tons less carbon dioxide will be produced per year. The number of trucks on motorways will also be reduced, resulting in smoother traffic.

"For consumer goods, the combination of long-distance rail transports and the last mile to the customer by truck is ideal. Together, we implemented a logistics network for Coca Cola, which is unique in Germany and has 13 branches in the consumer goods sector," said to the media Sigrid Nikutta, Member of the Board of DB Group.

It is a pilot project for cooperation between DB and Coca Cola. The goal of this project was to serve long-distance routes within Germany by rail, and, subsequently, the possibility of further expansion of rail transport of Coca Cola products.

"We produce mainly regionally and mostly we have short delivery routes. Where this is not possible, we rely more and more on rails. That is why this year we are building a network with DB Cargo with 19 lines between our branches," says Tilmann Rothhammer, Executive Director of Customer Service and Coca-Cola Supply Chain.

Coca-Cola has set itself the goal of reducing its absolute greenhouse gas emissions throughout the supply chain by 30%compared to 2019 by 2030 and becoming climate neutral by 2040. This is a very ambitious goal and the massive use of rail freight can significantly help to achieve it.