More logic in logistics
A modern distribution network has to satisfy a number of different demands. It must make our products available to our customers throughout the year at the right time and the right place, in sufficient quantities. It must also be able to meet the short lead times required by retailers and maintain a high level of delivery service. As part of our “Optimization of Transport and Warehouses” project, we work continuously on the development of efficient and environmentally compatible logistics concepts, also with external partners. We aim to reduce the complexity in the transportation and storage of Henkel’s finished products. Centrally coordinated purchasing of logistics services, as well as the greatest possible consolidation of warehouses should help to achieve synergistic effects. One of the criteria for selecting our logistics partners is the energy efficiency of their vehicle fleets.
Logistics as part of our operational carbon footprint
In order to achieve a comprehensive improvement in our operational carbon footprint, we strive continuously to improve and complete the database of our production and logistics emissions. We established comprehensive management systems for our production operations many years ago. These cover both our own carbon dioxide emissions and the emissions resulting from the generation of energy bought from third parties.
Measurement of the carbon dioxide emissions associated with logistics, the transport of our products or with business trips is far more difficult, however, as the system boundaries, basic data, methods and procedures are much less well defined. For example, the fuel consumption of each truck, its capacity utilization, and each traveled kilometer must be known exactly in order to calculate the transport emissions.
Estimates based on average values, emission factors, and secondary data from existing life cycle databases, indicate that the annual carbon dioxide emissions attributable to the transport of our products amount to approximately 500,000 metric tons. For business trips, we estimate a figure of about 150,000 metric tons per year. Regarding our logistics operations, we are working intensively to develop our data systems further so that we can determine the amount of emissions more exactly and check the effectiveness of measures undertaken to reduce them. We are looking closely at the transport and storage of our products, as well as business trips and company cars, in a determined effort to find ways to achieve an across-the-board improvement in our operational carbon footprint.
Different starting points for overall improvement