Sustainability report 2019/20

Sustainable logistics and traffic

Optimum planning of prime importance

To avoid pollution harmful to both humans and the environment, KHS aims to further reduce its movement of people and goods and thus cut down on greenhouse gas and toxic emissions. To this end, we find it extremely important that the traffic of goods within the sections of the supply chain we hold sway over is perfectly planned and coordinated. Timely planning means that air freight can be avoided, for example, which not only creates high emissions but also incurs considerable expense. Another important measure is that we combine various shipments to avoid empty runs. We have optimized our network for this purpose and are in constant contact with haulers with the aim of achieving ideal capacity utilization. The logistics partners we use undergo regular sustainability checks, as for us this is a necessary requirement when engaging in a partnership. 

 

In order to achieve the highest possible efficiency, we are steadily digitalizing all of our internal and external processes. Furthermore, the use of new IT tools prevents unnecessary documentation on paper. One new feature of our shipping/logistics operations is that we now calculate individual projects with a larger volume with the help of a CO2 computer in order to optimize the means of transportation selected. The freight forwarders we work with are also attaching increasing importance to this issue and in some cases already have their carbon emission reduction achievements audited. 

For actual shipping we constructively consolidate all of the materials for the project while conserving resources. We therefore ship our machines in reusable packaging made of long-lasting materials; this includes pallets and the materials used for housing and secondary packaging. No complete and dedicated data on traffic and transport carriers in logistics is yet available for the reporting period. In coming years this will be transferred in a systematic data collection process, however. 

Subheading Vehicle fleet, business trips and employee commuter traffic

KHS GmbH’s own vehicle fleet in Germany is managed by our headquarters in Dortmund and consists of 328 vehicles (261 company cars and 67 pool vehicles). The pool currently comprises 90% diesel vehicles. Bearing our infrastructure requirements and cost in mind, these are to be replaced by alternative, more environmentally-friendly drive concepts in the future. The use of new electric or hydrogen-powered models is currently being examined.

For business trips our employees use vehicles provided by our vehicle fleet or travel by rail or plane. In order to further reduce the amount of business travel, we are constantly working on implementing video conference systems. By collecting extended data on our business traffic, in the future we want to find potential for reducing the number of business trips undertaken by our personnel and switching to ecofriendly forms of transport.

Regarding commuter traffic, we endeavor to sensitize our employees to this issue and appeal to their own sense of responsibility. For example, with our cycle to work campaign we not only help to protect the environment but also improve our colleagues’ health and fitness.