Driving dialogue on the environment
Our leadership role on the path to green logistics includes research and industry cooperation. Since our carbon efficiency target also includes the CO2 emissions of our subcontractors, it is essential for us to gain greater transparency over the carbon efficiency of our transport partners. This is why we are actively involved in a number of industry initiatives and also continue to develop our own internal management systems.
Trailblazing road freight transport initiative launched
In March 2012 we joined forces with customers and competitors alike to launch the "Green Freight Europe" (GFE) initiative, which now has over 90 participating member companies and enjoys the support of several national and European industry organizations. Together the members strive to make GFE the leading program for reducing road freight transport emissions throughout Europe and as such, lend greater transparency to the carbon efficiency of road transport services of its members.
The collaboration of logistics companies, carriers and shippers also drives sustainable procurement practices by making sure that particularly eco-efficient subcontractors receive special consideration. Our participation in GFE supports us in reaching our own efficiency targets.
Helping to advance new standards for carbon emissions
We take an active part in the development of standards for quantifying greenhouse gas emissions and in promoting emissions management. We road tested, for instance, the new Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol), standard developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).
We also serve on various committees and task forces in the ongoing effort to establish common, industry-specific metrics for measuring carbon emissions worldwide. The Group was involved in the development of the recently published standard EN 16258, for instance, which established for the first time a common methodology for calculating emissions for the transport industry
Commitment to developing alternative aviation fuels
As one of the founding members of the science and research platform aireg e. V. we actively promote the development of alternative fuels in aviation along the entire SUPPLY CHAIN and their use within the Group. In support of the aviation industry’s global commitment to carbon-neutral growth by the year 2020 and to reducing its carbon footprint to half of 2005 emissions by the year 2050, the aireg initiative has set a goal of achieving a 10 % admixture of alternative aviation fuels in Germany by the year 2025.