Green Footprint

Water and Conservation  

GRI 303–1; GRI 303–2; GRI 303–4

Understanding Our Water Footprint 

Reducing water consumption and improving water quality are important elements of Kuehne + Nagel’s environmental programme. As a result, we continue to actively manage and work toward reducing our corporate water footprint. Kuehne + Nagel’s water management provides a global framework including both general and specific elements for water management within the company. The standard requires Kuehne + Nagel operations to manage their water resources by understanding water consumption, comply with regulatory requirements, reuse water where possible, and report water usage. Water resources include water intake, effluent water discharge, and rainwater. Most of the water used in Kuehne + Nagel is for domestic use such as cleaning, kitchens and bathrooms, as well as washing of vehicles. A mechanismto properly segregate water discharges is currently being developed and will be in place in next year’s report.

  Metric Unit 2018 2017 Change
in per cent
Water total Cubic meters 897,256 980,124 –8
Water per 100 m2 Cubic meters 9,385 10,003 –6
Water per FTE Cubic meters 11,256 14,790 –24
Water recycled Cubic meters 27,654 31,865 –13
Ratio recycled Per cent 3 3

Kuehne + Nagel started with public environmental reporting in 2012. 


Setting Water Performance Goals and Evaluating Progress 

All Kuehne + Nagel sites currently track and report water usage. Although Kuehne + Nagel does not have a quantitative goal, conservation efforts indicate an 8 per cent decrease in water consumption globally in 2018. Water conservation efforts have been achieved through recycling, reuse and improvements to our buildings and operating processes. The majority of our water-intensive operations are located in the United States and Europe in areas that are not subject to water stress or water scarcity. However, they also contribute significantly to our conservation efforts. 


Biodiversity & Ecosystems

Enhancing and preserving biodiversity are important values in Kuehne + Nagel’s effort to protect its physical environment. We have been working to preserve biodiversity both on our property and through our support and cooperation with local communities.

Biodiversity at Kuehne + Nagel 

When developing property, the planning process begins with a thorough evaluation of local soils and geological conditions, ground water and hydrology characteristics, drainage, flora and fauna and items of archaeological or historical significance. The resulting design seeks to comply with all known local, state or federal regulations and to avoid or minimise negative impacts on natural resources. 

We have focused on maximising the efficient use of existing space, and, wherever possible, on renovating premises to meet our current and future business needs. This allows the company to grow while minimising its impacts on biodiversity and natural resources.

Progress Review Towards 2020

Our annual sustainability targets help us to track progress. We plan ahead, with objectives set for the period up to 2020, ensuring we have clear medium to long-term goals.

Overall, Kuehne + Nagel has reached steady reductions in all targets. 24 per cent on CO2 emissions per FTE and 19 per cent per hundred square meters since the implementation of the strategy in 2010. Fuel efficiency progressively improved to reach an 11 per cent increase, while consumption of renewable energy also increased 17 per cent in a period of 8 years. Regarding waste recycled, Kuehne + Nagel has already exceeded the proposed target with an outstanding progress of 82 per cent.

  2020 Target 2018 Progress*
Environmental Issue    
Site** reduction of CO2 emissions 15% reduction CO2 per FTE; 15% reduction CO2 per 100 m2 24% per FTE reduced 19% per 100 m2 reduced
Improve the fuel efficiency Kuehne + Nagel operated road transport 10% improvement in litres/km where applicable 11% improvement
Increase the % of electricity consumed that is sourced from renewable sources 10% of total electricity consumption by 2020 17% increased
Increase the % of freight moved by low-carbon transport modes 2% increase in freight volume moved per year by rail or inland water (where these modes are commonly available) from 2016 onwards 5% increase
Increase the % of all waste that is recycled Increase % of all waste that is recycled by 5 percent points per year to achieve 75% by 2020 78% achieved

 *  This report reflects yearly performance progress from 2012 until 2018 (aggregated).
  **  Sites are defined as all Kuehne + Nagel operated facilities with >15 employees and floor space >800 m2.