Green Logistics in Bavaria - Big on sustainability

Sustainable means creating something that lasts, something built for the future which uses resources sparingly. Do the bayernhafen inland harbours deliver on this? Or perhaps more pertinently: What contribution is the group making to what is known nowadays as “green logistics”?

Sustainable mobility

Goods ensure our quality of life – goods such as food, energy, building materials and fuels, computers, washing machines and pianos. Other goods, such as German-made machines, are exported. One decisive factor is that all of these goods are transported in a way that is as environmentally compatible as possible. The bayernhafen locations deliver on this requirement by smartly integrating the three freight forms of water, rail and road. Combined transport” (CT) sees at least two forms of freight combined into a transport chain, e.g. Road/Rail or Road/Water. The result: two thirds lower energy consumption and transport-specific CO2 emissions per freight unit compared to exclusively road-based freight. The inland harbours of bayernhafen are therefore the ideal locations for production companies with high logistics and transport requirements.

Conserving and managing natural resources

Land is a valuable resource which is a scarcity in densely populated Germany. bayernhafen therefore handles this resource particularly carefully. The group enables new uses of available space (conversion), creates new spaces with a forward-looking approach and sense of proportion, and offers its tenants “temporary ownership” through lease-holding. In this way, bayernhafen has succeeded in creating space for new, contemporary and demand-driven developments at the bayernhafen sites over the course of decades.

Renewable energies

Inland harbours and renewable energies suit each other perfectly. Logistics buildings with their large roof areas are ideally suited for photovoltaic systems. A 16,000 sqm roof can supply enough solar power for around 250 households, saving around 750 tonnes of environmentally-harmful CO2 every year. Another example is wind energy. What could possibly transport the over 50 meter long wind rotor blades more safely than a barge? Wind turbines made in Germany are therefore transported down the Danube from bayernhafen Passau to destinations such as Bulgaria, helping to produce environmentally-friendly electricity.


Wood also plays a key role, such as at bayernhafen Aschaffenburg. It is used as both a raw material for furniture and paper production as well as for bio-energy in the form of pellets and briquettes. The latter are produced in a biomass cogeneration plant on the harbour grounds and are shipped via the container terminal. The proximity to production sites and the environmentally advantageous transport offered by barges and rail offer huge benefits – both for companies and for our environment as a whole.


Balancing interests

The six bayernhafen locations with their approx. 13,000 jobs form economic dynamos in their respective regions. Around 9 million tonnes of goods are moved here by ship and train every year. The aim is to prevent or reduce harmful emissions as far as possible. In the case of unavoidable emissions, a safe distance is always maintained to neighbouring companies and communities. bayernhafen remains in close dialogue with the local authorities, helping to strike a balance between the interests of business and local residents


bayernhafen believes it is vitally important to bridge the gap between education and working life, and to encourage cooperation between academia and real-world practice. One such measure in this area is the “Grenzenlos” competition, which invites students from all Bavarian universities and technical universities to consider a central logistics topic. Academic theses and trainee programs also form important building blocks in sustainable education work.


In short: Sustainability is a commitment, and hard work. Every day.

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