Net Zero Carbon Programme

Energy Efficiency  GRI 302–1

At Kuehne+Nagel, energy management is global, comprehensive, and extends beyond energy efficiency efforts in warehouses and buildings. It is a team effort guided by the global environmental policy. Energy management responsibilities are coordinated by the corporate energy team. The team involves personnel from Corporate Procurement, QSHE and Facility Management. Each department provides cross-functional contributions, ensuring that

  • energy efficient technology is in use,
  • opportunities are identified in the design process,
  • renewable energy opportunities are realised and financed, and
  • data is tracked routinely and consistently by facilities.

Evaluating Energy Performance Progress  GRI 305–2; GRI 305–5 

Kuehne+Nagel collects and analyses data on energy consumption and energy efficiency project metrics to

  • track progress toward corporate energy and carbon emissions goals,
  • identify opportunities for improvement,
  • benchmark against past performance, and
  • identify best practices that can be applied across global operations.

All operating locations and other locations larger than 800 sqm report energy consumption and energy costs on the Global Facility Carbon Calculator monthly. Data is analysed quarterly at each facility, business and functional unit, and at the corporate level. Every six months, the data is reported to Kuehne+Nagel Management. Important energy reductions were achieved in 2019. (SDG 7)


  Metric Unit 2019 2018 Change
in per cent
Electricity total million kWh 391 435 –10
Electricity per FTE kWh 5,205 5,463 –5
Electricity per 100 m2 kWh 4,496 4,231 6
Natural gas total million kWh 201 213 –6
Natural gas per FTE kWh 2,676 2,681
Natural gas per 100 m2 kWh 2,237 1,917 17

Investing in Renewable Energy 

Kuehne+Nagel is investing and installing on-site renewable energy at its own operations and continues to expand and collaborate with external partnerships. In an attempt to be more precise, Kuehne+Nagel this year considers electricity consumption in the definition of renewable energy as per the GHG Protocol while excluding other energy sources such as Natural Gas and LPG. Therefore currently 18 per cent of the energy used in Kuehne+Nagel facilities is from renewable sources. The following examples highlight our sustained effort:

Average Renewable Energy Purchased globally (SDG 7)
in per cent