Green Footprint

Waste and Recycling

Waste Management is an important component of Kuehne + Nagel’s Environmental Programme. Kuehne + Nagel Waste Management Standards apply to all locations. In addition, they fulfil corporate expectations and provide the framework that is required to manage all types of waste from the time when it is produced until it is reused, recycled, treated or disposed of. This standard sets a baseline for several core waste programme elements and encourages waste minimisation and recycling whenever possible. 

Recycling, Reuse, Treatment and Disposal  

GRI 306–2; GRI 306–3

All waste recycling, reuse, treatment, and disposal practices are required to comply with applicable regulations and the Kuehne + Nagel environmental policy, which also includes establishing profiles of waste streams, content identification, and labelling. Waste management practices and technologies are required to be approved by the QSHE organisation where the emphasis is on using only the most environmentally safe and appropriate waste management practices available.

Ensuring Waste Compliance

The Kuehne + Nagel Waste Management Programme requires each location to assign an Environment Champion who is responsible for ensuring that personnel receive appropriate waste training. Corporate QSHE globally administers the waste training for the coordinators. Compliance with all Kuehne + Nagel facilities and other regulated waste requirements are evaluated by way of the Quality Audit Tool (QAT).

Setting Waste Goals and Evaluating Progress

Kuehne + Nagel has been setting total waste reduction goals since 2010. Using 2010 as a base year, Kuehne + Nagel set a 2020 target to increase total waste recycling to 75 per cent. Kuehne + Nagel’s total waste that was recycled in 2018 reached 73 per cent. Specific goal period achievements are highlighted below (numbers in 000’ tons).

Total waste is tracked and reported globally by disposal types: waste to landfill, waste recycled and waste recovered. 

Waste recycled
  Metric Unit 2018 2017 Change
in per cent
Waste total 000’ tons 541 394 37
Waste recycled 000’ tons 394 313 26
Waste recovered 000’ tons 50 55 –9
Waste landfill 000’ tons 96 26 269
Recycling rate Per cent 73 79 –9

Kuehne + Nagel started with public environmental reporting in 2012.