Making mobility efficient

Efficient mobility means alternative drive systems and fuels and the use of efficient means of transport (e.g. local public transport),the introduction of mobility management and innovative information technologies. dena campaigns

for a reduction in carbon footprints among all users of road transport. But everyone will have to contribute in order to achieve greater efficiency. dena uses campaign pages like to provide initial information.

Statistics & facts

10 %
of energy
consumption should be cut in the transport sector by 2020, compared with 2005.
up t 10
million tonnes of CO2
consumption should be cut in the transport sector by 2020, compared with 2013.
million tonnes of CO2
were produced in the transport sector in 2015, equivalent to 18 percent of total emissions in Germany.
50 %
in personal and freight transports since 1990.

Building a practicable transport transition

Our climate and environment are suffering under the growing demand for mobility. This is why dena promotes alternative fuels and technologies as well as innovative mobility concepts, advocating energy-efficient structures within the transport sector.

In recent years, worldwide mobility has grown at a dizzying pace, especially in road transport and aviation. This has produced significant impairments in the quality of life due to greater environmental pollution and a rise in greenhouse gas emissions. 18 percent of emissions in Germany are produced in the transport sector. Road transport accounts for 95 percent of them. The challenge: mobility needs to become more sustainable and efficient in order to protect the environment and the climate and to improve quality of life.

The challenge of efficient mobility

We need to be mobile. But to ensure that it is more sustainable for society and the climate, mobility will have to become more networked and energy-efficient. Efficient drive systems, green fuels and optimised mobility of passengers and freight across the whole range of transport solutions will have to provide important contributions in this respect. But Germany is facing a grave challenge. Personal and freight transports have risen by over 50 percent since 1990. Nevertheless, the Federal Government wants to achieve a 10-percent reduction in energy consumption within the transport sector by 2020, compared with 2005. Current figures show that there has been a two percent rise in consumption. The situation in regard to CO2emissions is similar: Although the 2014 Action Programme on Climate Protection pencilled in a 7 to 10-million-tonne reduction in transport emissions in Germany by 2020, the momentary statistics indicate a rise of six million tonnes.

Achieving more together

A consistent emission avoidance strategy is needed in the transport sector in order to tackle these major challenges. The national and European frameworks must be adjusted to incentivise low-emission transport systems and make innovative mobility concepts more attractive.
dena is engaging with industry, politics and society to develop sustainable transport solutions and to share positive experiences in a process of constant dialogue with other nations.
Here, dena sees itself as a driver to improve fuels and technologies  and to increasingly move the carriage of persons and goods to energy-efficient and low-emission means of transport and transport systems.


Our Projects

E-Fuels – The potential of electricity based fuels for low emission transport in the EU

Die Studie untersucht den zukünftigen Energiebedarf des europäischen Verkehrssektors sowie den dafür notwendigen Bedarf für den Ausbau erneuerbarer Energieerzeugungskapazität und die damit verbundenen Investitionen, die erforderlich sind, um die Klimaschutzziele von 95 Prozent bis 2050 im Verkehr zu erreichen.


  • Projektbeginn: Februar 2017
  • Projektziel: Analyse des europäischen Verkehrssektors und Identifizierung des erneuerbaren Strom- und E-Fuel Bedarfs, um die europäischen Klimaziele bis 2050 zu erreichen
  • Studienpartner: Ludwig Bölkow Systemtechnik GmbH (LBST)
  • Auftraggeber: Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA)

EU study on transparent price labelling of fuels at filling stations

The main objective of the study is to develop a method that increases price transparency for the consumer and, in this way, highlights any cost advantages of alternative fuels.


  • Project start: February 2016
  • Project duration: 12 months
  • Project objective: To develop a method that increases price transparency of fuels for the consumer and highlights any cost advantages of alternative fuels.
  • Funded by: European Commission

Initiative Bio-LNG

Mit der Initiative Bio-LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) unterstützt die dena die Marktetablierung von verflüssigtem Biomethan (auch Liquified Biogas) in der Schifffahrt und im Straßen-Schwerlasttransport. Bio-LNG ist ein besonders emissionsarmer und klimafreundlicher Kraftstoff mit einer hohen Energiedichte.


  • Projektlaufzeit: 2018 bis 2019
  • Etablierung von Bio-LNG als Kraftstoff im Straßen-Schwerlastverkehr und in der Schifffahrt
  • Schaffung einer Informationsgrundlage zu Bio-LNG für Wirtschaft und Politik
  • Vernetzung von Akteuren aus den Bereichen LNG, Schifffahrt, Logistik, Biomethan- und Gaswirtschaft
  • Entwicklung und Bewertung von Maßnahmen zur Einführung von Bio-LNG

LNG study

With the English and German study, dena summarised the current developmental status of LNG in heavy goods traffic, and illustrated the challenges as well as necessary measures for a ramp up of the fuel on the German market. The study is the starting point for the LNG task force as a joint development platform for LNG in road traffic.


  • Project duration: 2014 – 2015
  • Partners: 5 companies from the energy industry
  • Content: Basic principles of LNG as a fuel, international LNG markets, LNG vehicle technology, recommended courses of action for policy

Initiative for Natural-Gas-Based Mobility

dena coordinates and moderates the Initiative for Natural-Gas-Based Mobility as a centralised, cross-sectoral point of contact for natural gas as a fuel in Germany. In doing so, it supports the Federal Government's goal of increasing the percentage of natural gas in the fuel mix to 4 percent. In 2015, dena, the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW), and Zukunft Erdgas, jointly founded the LNG task force.


  • Project start: 2011
  • Patronage: Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
  • Partners: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and 17 companies
  • Measures: Position papers, joint statements, consulting, parliamentary events, progress reports



Car ecolabel

With the information platform for car ecolabels, dena assists vehicle retailers and other parties subject to the relevant regulations with the implementation of the labelling requirements for new vehicles which were introduced in 2011, and also informs end consumers about energy-efficient cars and mobility behaviour.


  • Project start: 2011
  • Client: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Partners: DAT, ZdK, VDA, VDIK, ZAW
  • Measures: Website, online tools, representative surveys, monitoring reports, press releases


Im Rahmen des Projekts Scandria®2Act unterstützt die dena gemeinsam mit europäischen Partnern energieeffizienten Verkehr und die Entwicklung alternativer Kraftstoffe in Europa.


  • Projektbeginn: 2016
  • Partner: 19 Partner aus Deutschland, Dänemark, Norwegen, Schweden, Finnland
  • Von der EU Kommission als Flaggschiffprojekt der Ostseestrategie im Bereich Verkehr anerkannt
  • Förderung: Baltic Sea Region INTERREG V B-Programm