„The interaction of ecology / environment, economic and social aspects are the elements of sustainability for us, which are necessary for design and implementation.“
The quality of our services, sustainable economic activity and the satisfaction of our customers are very important to our company. Our aim is to keep the environmental influences of our business activity as low as possible. Therefore, we allow ourselves to be certified every year by independent institutions e.g. DEKRA in the areas of quality, the environment and hygiene.
Socially aware economic activity is a social obligation for us, therefore under sustainability we also understand responsible actions.
We carry out our social responsibility by working together with sheltered employment companies. For many years we have given work to regional companies for people with disabilities The work is carried out directly in our company. Thereby, we strive to enable independent work as far as possible, to support the wish for self-realisation, equality and participation in society. In collaboration with the workshops, our specifications and quality requirements are adhered to, so that we can continue to work with the establishments in future.
We have been training young people in the professions of specialist in freight forwarding and logistics services, specialist in IT, specialist in wholesale and foreign trade and specialist in warehouse management, and are therefore investing in the future. Our staff is the most important resource in our company, and therefore we strive to take on our trainees on completion of their training – wherever possible.
In the area of our own modern fleet of vehicles, we combine ecological and economic components of sustainability in the scope of our economic activities.
Fuel savings due to energy efficient vehicle technology
Fuel saving measures not only preserve the environment, but are also economically profitable. With every litre of diesel fuel saved, approx. 2.64kg less CO² is emitted.
Our modern fleet is made up exclusively of vehicles, which already fulfil the Euro 5 and/or Euro 6 emissions standard. With regards to technical measures for fuel saving, above all measures in the areas of aerodynamics, tyres and engine optimisation should be mentioned.
Around a third of the fuel consumption of an HGV is related to the air resistance. Due to the aerodynamic structure, stable side tarpaulins and the use of wind directional systems in all our vehicles, significant fuel savings can be made due to the improved wind cutting ability.
The roll resistance of the tyres makes up a further third of the fuel consumption, therefore our whole fleet is fitted with roll resistance optimised tyres, which reduce the fuel consumption to around 3-6% and at the same time decrease the noise pollution.
A further important aspect is the tyre pressure. Increased tyre pressure can also cause a fuel saving of approx. 3%, therefore, the tyre pressure of our vehicles is checked regularly.
Due to our modern fleet, our HGVS’ are always at the cutting edge of technology. Engine optimisation includes improvements in all components of the engine, for example lower moving masses in the engine, friction reduction, optimised injection pumps, variable valve control or more efficient combustion.
Fuel saving through driver training
A fuel saving way driving method not only benefits the climate and the environment, but also preserves the vehicle, increases safety, relieves the driver and of course saves money. 10 – 12% fuel can be saved through an economical and anticipatory driving method. Therefore, all of our drivers regularly receive training on the topic of economical driving, also called “eco-training”.
Use of telematics systems
In the scope of route planning and route optimisation, we rely on support from modern telematics systems. Route planning is the planning of a sequence for approaching target points, taking into account the resources available (e.g. free loading space) with the aim of reducing the number and application time of methods of transport. In this way, an increase in capacity utilisation of vehicles and a reduction in empty journeys is achieved, which contribute to further fuel savings.
Due to membership in so called “transport co-operations” we are not only in a position to deliver and collect goods throughout Germany and even throughout Europe within 24-48 hours, in order to fulfil customer requirements flexibly and “Just in Time”, but at the same time, through reduction of empty journeys, optimised use of the vehicles, and better capacity utilisation of the loading space, not only can the environment be preserved, but the costs for vehicles and driving staff can be reduced. Furthermore, the traffic of our sea freight container has a global range, and the transport of general cargo is carried out by sea or air freight.
“Avoiding waste comes before waste disposal”. On this premise, we ultimately strive to keep the incidence of waste as low as possible. Saving energy and the preservation of natural resources is always a focus for us in the warehouse, but also in the administration sector. When selecting machines, floor conveyors, lighting systems and office hardware, energy efficiency is consistently considered as a criteria.
By using an efficient document management software, combined with the latest technical generation of printers, and consistent further development of our digital document flows, we are constantly working on reducing our printing costs and paper consumption.
To monitor all ecological influence factors of our economic activities, we create an environmental statement annually. The most important energy and consumption data for our company, e.g. electricity, water, fuel consumption and incurred waste quantities arise from this statement, in comparison to the data from the previous year.