Digitalisierung zur Dekarbonisierung

Digitization of logistics makes a decisive contribution to decarbonization

The European “Green Deal” as the basis for a climate-neutral future! The future of Europe and the rest of the world depends on a healthy planet that will still allow future generations to live and work in a non-harmful environment. Therefore, the EU member states have set themselves the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050 and, in this sense, of not further negatively affecting the climate. The European “Green Deal” points the way in this direction.

Climate protection target in Germany tightened: The Climate Protection Act of 2021 sets greenhouse gas neutrality as a goal by 2045.

The German government has tightened its climate protection targets by amending the Climate Protection Act. Greenhouse gas neutrality is to be achieved by 2045 and emissions are to be reduced by 65% by 2030 compared with 1990. This requires ambitious measures that can be implemented quickly across all sectors.


Study confirms that digitization demonstrably promotes decarbonization

To map the climate effects of digitization, Accenture conducted a study on behalf of the digital association Bitkom that examined whether digital technologies (among other important levers) can make a relevant contribution to achieving Germany’s climate goals.

The conclusion of this study is:

  • 372 million tons of CO2 must be saved in order to achieve the German 2030 climate target. Up to 41% of the necessary CO2 reduction can be realized through accelerated digitization. With moderate digitization, this figure is only 28%. Therefore, the speed of digital transformation is crucial.
  • Digital technologies represent a cost-effective and scalable lever to rapidly realize the savings potential in the coming years.
  • A good digital infrastructure is the basis for accelerated digitization. Renewable energies can significantly reduce the CO2 footprint of the digital infrastructure.
  • The greatest potential for savings lies in the areas of industrial manufacturing, mobility, energy and buildings.
  • Digitization combines economic growth with environmental and climate protection. Because accelerated digitization not only has a positive impact on the environment, it also improves the competitiveness of the (German) economy.


Mobility and manufacturing show the highest potential for savings

The study shows that the areas of industrial manufacturing and mobility have the greatest potential for saving CO2 emissions. The decarbonization of supply chains is directly related to this. Smart solutions in mobility and logistics could – according to the results of the model calculations – avoid 8% to 13% of the emissions currently expected for the year 2030. In the manufacturing sector, for which the automation of production and the application of digital twins were investigated, the forecast CO2 emissions could be reduced by 10% – 16%.


Smart logistics – A digitalization of logistics makes a decisive contribution.

The use of digital technologies and smart solutions in logistics improves service standards, increases transparency in the supply chain, enables leaner processes and reduces traffic congestion. In this way, the emissions of a company and its supply chain can be reduced.


The two key drivers of Intelligent Logistics:

Optimization of routes and freight management:

Smart technologies help plan, control and distribute flows of goods and contribute to maximum utilization of delivery vehicles and optimal route planning. Software-based fleet management, Big Data analytics, digital warehouses and traffic management platforms are most significant. In the trial, the use of logistics software that increased efficiency and transparency also resulted in cost savings of 18%.

Additive manufacturing:

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, enables on-demand, local manufacturing of products and can shorten global supply chains. In this way, labor costs can be reduced and local production can be encouraged again.


No digitization without a correct data basis

In order to implement digitization measures, a complete database is essential for all areas of a company. This is the only way to determine the specific areas in which more efficiency needs to be created.

Especially in warehouse logistics, the positive effects that can be achieved with master data management quickly become apparent. Correct warehouse utilization, error-free work steps, automation and smooth export processes can be implemented quickly.

In addition, product master data can be used to optimize shipping processes, reduce packaging waste and achieve efficient utilization of transport vehicles. Because accurate data, the optimal packaging of products and the possible loading quantity of trucks can be calculated precisely. This reduces CO2 emissions and thus the ecological footprint of a company.

More information on simple master data collection is available here:




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Cf. Europäischer Rat, Ein europäischer grüner Deal, accessed 16.01.2023