Net Zero Carbon Programme

Management Approach  GRI 103

Path to Climate Neutrality

On September 23rd 2019 Kuehne+Nagel released the Net Zero Carbon Programme as an integral part of our commitment to offer sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers and in line with our purpose to deliver to the progress of people and organisations. The Net Zero Carbon programme marks an extension of the Group’s decade-long efforts to address its environmental footprint. Since 2010, the Group has reduced its CO2 site emissions by 27%, clearly overachieving its own targets outlined in this Sustainability Report. Going forward, Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme is a core pillar of its environmental initiatives. At the heart of it is the path to CO2 neutrality. As a pioneer in the industry, Kuehne+Nagel targets comprehensive CO2 neutralisation, i.e. direct CO2 emissions from Scope 1+2 that cannot be avoided will be fully compensated as of 2020. Further, Kuehne+Nagel targets CO2 emission neutralisation (Scope 3 of GHG Protocol) by 2030. As a first step, all less-than-container load (LCL) shipments will be CO2 neutral from 2020 onwards. GRI 103-2

Kuehne+Nagel, as a member of the Clean Cargo initiative, is in close interaction with all major sea carriers to discuss and collaborate on air quality and ecological impacts with the carriers to further reduce the pollution emissions based on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). (SDG 13)


Environmental Management System  GRI 103-2

Kuehne+Nagel believes in the importance of using resources efficiently and preventing environmental pollution in order to pass on a sustainable and healthy planet to future generations. As a company, we have formulated the Kuehne+Nagel Environmental Management Policy based on the ISO 14001 Standard, which includes the following elements:

  • Environmental Compliance Management
  • Climate Change Management
  • Energy Management
  • Air Quality Management
  • Waste Management
  • Water Management
  • Biodiversity Management
  • Sustainable Packaging

Information and performance data on a majority of these programme elements are tracked and reported through corporate reporting systems such as the Global Facility Carbon Calculator (GFCC) and the Global Transport Carbon Calculator (GTCC). Kuehne+Nagel Quality, Safety, Health & Environmental (QSHE) reports published periodically include environmental performance data at the facility, business unit, and corporate levels, and performance is reviewed by the Executive Management. This enables Kuehne+Nagel to monitor and identify successes, risks, and opportunities for improvements and reductions worldwide.


Performance Review 2019

Kuehne+Nagel continued to improve its performance on environmental activities. 2019 performance is based on the global environmental data system GFCC. Annual sustainability targets support us to track progress. We plan ahead, with objectives set for the period up to 2020, ensuring that we have clear medium to long-term goals.

Environmental targets for 2020:

  • Fostering our Climate Neutral strategy with the Net Zero Carbon program
  • Focusing on the defined nine UN SDG goals referring to environmental activities
  • Increasing recycled waste ratio by 75% in all of our activities and strive for zero plastic usage
  • Procuring and enforcing our global engagement for renewable/alternatives (e.g. company cars)