GERMANY's Lufthansa Cargo is switching to lightweight LD3 containers to save fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions to reach its goal of cutting CO2 by one quarter over 15 years to 2020.
The LD3 boxes are made of composite materials that make them 14 kilogrammes lighter, a weight saving of seven million kilos and an annual 2,000-tonne reduction in fuel consumption with the movement of 500,000 containers.
"The new, lighter containers are still extremely robust and strong in spite of being mostly plastic," said board member operations at Lufthansa Cargo Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, reported Atlanta area Air Cargo World.
"Replacing all of our LD3 standard containers brings us a good deal closer to our goal of reducing our specific CO2 emissions by a quarter by 2020 compared to 2005."
Source : HKSG.