Environmental gains on track

By gaining access to 30,000 rail wagons, we drastically reduce pollution and offer alternative solutions for our customers

Mixing DSV road and rail transport is not a new cocktail. But whereas rail-based cargo transport has primarily been the domain of intermodal solutions, i.e. containers that can be conveyed by both truck and rail wagon, we have now gained access to more than 30,000 rail cargo wagons throughout Europe.

We entered into an attractive agreement with a Scandinavian train operator concerning return-loads for the wagons after they are emptied at various locations around Europe. Now we’re loading wagons in a big way in Modena for destinations in Scandinavia, but also in Dijon, France, and Limburg, Germany.
Nicolai Brix, Department Manager of the Rail Department

Rail transport is ideal for large volumes and heavy materials because rail wagons are capable of accom-modating much heavier loads than trucks. This makes the brown freight wagons perfect for hauling wine, pasta, canned tomatoes, mustard, tiles, water and other large volumes.

Reducing carbon emissions

Nicolai has been tasked with developing rail transports in DSV. And he notes increasing interest from customers:

"Our customers typically choose a rail solution to meet a need of reducing their combined carbon footprint for transports," he says, revealing the fact that he has thoroughly studied the environmental aspects:
"Just one fully-loaded train per week saves the environment for the impact of 140 tonnes of carbon emissions compared to truck transports. This equals annual savings of 7,280 tonnes of carbon emissions," he says.

Customer-specific solutions

Besides providing return loads on wagons with weekly departures from Italy, Germany and France to Scandinavia, we also provide customer-specific solutions where we offer entire trains. For one customer we have a weekly transport of 13 wagons from Germany to Denmark conveying chipboard.

Rail transport also offers other opportunities for customers. For instance, it is possible to use Denmark or South Sweden as a hub from where goods can be further distributed to their final destinations in Scandinavia.

"We still offer intermodal solutions where we load the truck’s trailer onto a rail wagon – and back onto to a truck again near the destination," says Nicolai Brix who also makes rail wagons available for project solutions such as for the wind turbine industry.  

"We expect rail transports to comprise a rising share of our volumes, as we gradually develop the concept. Customers are keenly interested in the most eco-friendly solutions", Nicolai ends.

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