Green Footprint

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 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  

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 units, and at corporate level. Every six months the data is reported to the Kuehne + Nagel Management.

  Metric Unit 2018 2017 Change
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:

Average Renewable Energy Purchased (globally)