Green Footprint

Management Approach 

GRI 103

Environmental Management System

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 monitorand identify successes, risks, and opportunities for improvements and reductions worldwide.

Sea Explorer, the Digital Seafreight Sustainability Platform

Kuehne + Nagel’s Sea Explorer platform provides digitally enabled service insights to the world’s largest seafreight service network. Sea Explorer also offers smart connections between more than 1,200 ports around the globe through an advanced pathfinding algorithm. Among other features, Sea Explorer provides full visibility on CO2 and sulphur emissions across carrier and individual services, which in the light of the upcoming IMO 2020 regulations will enable shippers to contribute towards a green economy and sustainable global maritime transportation. Sea Explorer is an agile project that is continuously enhanced, based on close collaboration with customers.

Performance Review 2018

Kuehne + Nagel continued to improve its performance on environmental activities. 2018 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.

Performance (2018 vs. 2017)


% decrease on electricity, LPG and natural gas


% more carbon emissions from energy and fuel consumption


% reduced water consumption


% recycled of all waste produced
(target 2018: 60%)