K+N Sustainability goals

The Kuehne+Nagel Group has reached or exceeded all of the targets set out in its ten-year Green environmental programme, which was completed at the end of 2019.

The logistics specialist made the announcement as it published its Sustainability Report 2019, setting out its performance in the areas of environment, social and governance (ESG). The report follows the structure of the Global Reporting Initiative as well as the 17 goals for sustainable development of the United Nations.

'Sustainability is a social responsibility and is the duty of every individual. Following the successful completion of our environmental goals set ten years ago, we are now starting the next phase of our sustainability strategy,” said CEO Detlef Trefzger.

“With our Net Zero Carbon programme, we are taking responsibility for sustainable logistics, hand in hand with our customers and partners'.

Over the last ten years, Kuehne+Nagel was able to reduce the CO2 emissions of its own locations by 27 per cent. The share of renewable energies in total electricity consumption was 18 per cent and the recycling rate over the ten-year average was 77 per cent.

By the end of 2019, the area equipped with LED lighting technology corresponded to around 3.8m m2.

The company has now has launched a Net Zero Carbon sustainability programme for the next ten years, with which it hopes to play a pioneering role in the logistics industry with this programme.

By the end of 2020, the company aims for its own CO2 emissions (Scopes 1 and 2 of the greenhouse gas protocol) to be neutral and by 2030, this will be extended to all transport by suppliers such as airlines, shipping lines and haulage companies (Scope 3).

Kuehne+Nagel is a member of the SXI Switzerland Sustainability 25, the most important sustainability index in Switzerland. In addition, the company was awarded the prestigious EcoVadis Gold status.