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 established in 2017. The team involves personnel from purchasing, QSHE, facility management and real estate.
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
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 units, and at corporate level. Every six months the data is reported to the Kuehne + Nagel Management.
in per cent
|Electricity total||Million kWh||435||442||–2|
|Electricity per FTE||kWh||5,463||6,114||–11|
|Electricity per 100 m2||kWh||4,231||4,146||2|
|Natural gas total||Million kWh||213||188||13|
|Natural gas per FTE||kWh||2,681||2,712||–1|
|Natural gas per 100 m2||kWh||1,917||1,839||4|
Energy and natural gas per 100 m2 increased during the reporting period for different reasons, warehousing and office space substantially grew during the second half of 2018. In addition, cold winter weather in North America and Europe pushed facilities to use electricity and natural gas at higher rates than the previous year.
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; excluding other energy sources such as Natural Gas and LPG, therefore currently 17 per cent of the energy used in Kuehne + Nagel facilities is from renewable sources. The following examples highlight our sustained effort: