Net Zero Carbon Programme

Climate Change

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reductions have been a priority for a long time at Kuehne+Nagel. Although the science of global climate change is evolving, Kuehne+Nagel has taken voluntary, responsible action to reduce and control its carbon footprint. In addition to managing direct emissions from our operations, Kuehne+Nagel has a track record of improving energy efficiency at its facilities and offers a wide range of innovative products to support customers improve energy efficiency and reduce the company’s carbon footprint. This includes setting corporate GHG emission reduction goals and policies, which complement the efforts of the company 2020 environmental strategy.


History of Climate Change Reductions  GRI 305–1; GRI 305–2

Kuehne+Nagel understands that the impacts and reduction efforts associated with GHG emissions require a long-term commitment as the effects of both cannot be realised in only one year. Therefore, implementing reduction initiatives has been a key priority for Kuehne+Nagel. The company’s GHG Management Strategy includes a rigorous accounting system to generate an annual inventory of worldwide emissions. This process and the associated GHG emissions reported from 2010 to 2019 were validated by an external third-party company. Since 2010, the global Kuehne+Nagel inventory has been developed, maintained and third party verified by Kuehne+Nagel’s accredited party in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the ISO 14064-3 and the European Norm EN 16258. The table below shows the 2012 – 2019 results, 2010 and 2011 years were accrued in 2012 to improve data consistency. Site space counted on this section of the report follows the site definition of more than 15 employees and floor space of more than 800 m2. (SDG 13)

  Metric Unit 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Carbon emissions                  
CO2 total 1) 000' tons 201 209 202 208 204 201 215 229
CO2 per FTE tons 2,689 2,813 2,907 3,134 3,394 3,584 3,808 4,287
CO2 per 100 m2 tons 2,323 2,011 1,971 2,420 2,327 2,575 2,652 2,930
Energy                  
Electricity total million kWh 391 435 442 455 436 419 431 449
Electricity per FTE kWh 5,205 5,463 6,114 6,816 7,291 7,456 7,634 8,405
Electricity per 100 m2 kWh 4,496 4,231 4,146 5,298 5,036 5,357 5,317 5,746
Natural gas total million kWh 201 213 188 191 189 188 221 229
Natural gas per FTE kWh 2,676 2,681 2,712 2,875 3,159 3,344 3,917 4,296
Natural gas per 100 m2 kWh 2,311 1,917 1,839 2,234 2,166 2,403 2,729 2,937
Waste recycled                  
Waste total 000' tons 496 541 394 492 397 364 329 352
Waste recycled 000' tons 332 394 313 401 300 262 275 278
Waste recovered 000' tons 21 50 55 59 73 51 11 15
Waste landfill 2) 000' tons 142 96 26 31 22 51 43 59
Recycling rate % 67 73 80 82 76 72 84 78
Water                  
Water total cubic meters 965,879 897,256 1,030,124 1,033,137 988,943 902,825 957,366 1,068,038
Water per 100 m2 cubic meters 11,118 9,385 10,003 11,998 11,248 12,140 11,196 13,750
Water per FTE cubic meters 12,870 11,256 14,790 15,439 16,244 16,118 16,963 20,029
Water recycled cubic meters 29,360 27,654 31,865 30,994 46,480 31,598 23,838 35,245
Ratio recycled % 3 3 3 3 5 4 2 3

1) Increase on CO2 emissions, energy consumption and water consumption per 100 m2 from 2018 to 2019 was caused by a decrease in cubic meters of ocupied site space from one year to the other (9.1 million in 2018 vs. 8.8 million in 2019).
2) In 2019, less waste went to recycling and more to landfill

 

The total GHG inventory encompasses the company’s diversity and complexity. The current inventory accounts for a total of approximately 700 sites* including warehouses, offices and distribution centres within Kuehne+Nagel’s operational control. This includes both Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect) emissions as categorised by the GHG Protocol.

Based on the GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard, Kuehne+Nagel has been working on developing a Scope 3 emissions inventory. While these emissions are estimated following industry standards for most Scope 3 upstream categories, Kuehne+Nagel remains focused on establishing sound science based emissions.
 

  Metric Unit 2019 CO2 2018 CO2
Scope 1 + 2      
KN offices, warehouses million tons 0.201 0.209
Road Logistics (Trucks) million tons 0.083 0.069
Company cars million tons 0.027 0.036
Total Scope 1+2 million tons 0.3110.314
Scope 3      
Air Logistics million tons 9.3 9.9
Road Logistics million tons 4.5 4.5
Sea Logistics million tons 2.8 2.9
Business Travel million tons 1.2 1.1
Employee Commuting million tons 0.3 0.3
Total Scope 3 million tons 18.118.7
Total Company million tons 18.419.0

-4
per cent reduction of CO2 per FTE in 2019

Carbon Emissions Reduction Goals  GRI 305–4

In the area of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, Kuehne+Nagel has met the proposed reduction goals established in 2010, a global target that is part of our 2020 environmental strategy to reduce relative carbon emissions by 15 per cent per FTE and 15 per cent per 100 m2 from 2010 – 2020.

In 2019, Kuehne+Nagel reduced its CO2 emissions by 4 per cent per FTE but increased 16 per cent per 100 m2. Reductions were accomplished by using effective emissions control technology. Kuehne+Nagel is currently working to establish carbon reduction goals until 2030 based on the Science Based Targets initiative. (SDG 13)

 

Carbon emissions (CO2)*
  Metric Unit 2019 2018 Change
in per cent
CO2 total 000' tons 201 209 –4
CO2 per FTE tons 2,689 2,813 –4
CO2 per 100 m2 tons 2,323 2,011 16

19 per cent per 100 m2 increase was due to new facilities opened.
*  CO2 is for Scope 1 and 2 emissions (mainly fuel from owned trucks and electricity consumed in our premises).
**  A site in Kuehne + Nagel is defined as all operated facilities with >15 employees and floor space > 800 m2.