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Nokia’s maiden CO2-neutral airfreight flights take off

In October 2021, an aircraft transporting 10 tons of Nokia Mobile Networks 5G products from China to Europe marked a major breakthrough in Nokia’s sustainability campaign.

Following the conclusion of a partnership with DB Schenker (DBS), one of our main logistics providers, for weekly Lufthansa flights, this was our first airfreight shipment to be transported using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Nokia’s goal is to reduce business emissions by half by 2030, and CO2 emissions from airfreight voyages constitute a significant component to our carbon footprint.

In addition to the CO2-neutral flight, DBS used biofuelled trucks at both ends of the shipment to make it as environmentally beneficial as possible from the Shanghai facility to our hub in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Kim Aaltonen, Nokia’s VP of Logistics & Trade Management, said: “Our initial collaboration with DB Schenker to enable carbon-neutral air transport from Asia to Europe is a key step on our path to reduce transportation carbon emissions.”

Our logistics team employs airfreight as infrequently as possible, but sometimes, especially in the face of global concerns like probable component shortages and urgent consumer demand, it is the only alternative for on-time delivery.

Until recently, most planes were powered by kerosene, a fossil fuel that emits CO2. However, companies such as Neste in Finland are already manufacturing SAF, which has similar qualities but is carbon-neutral.

The International Air Transport Association has examined and approved our environmentally friendly solution (IATA). The amount of CO2 released when it is burned is the same as that extracted from the atmosphere during the plants’ original growth.

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