A new route towards green logistics
Climate neutrality is not achieved overnight – but FIEGE is definitely on its way. Climate neutrality has been laid out clearly and established as a goal. But how does an enterprise change into becoming a sustainable business? It needs determination, focus, conviction – and a good plan.
Sustainability at FIEGE: More than climate and environmental protection
The result: In collaboration with the Executive Board and employees as well as through talks held with clients, persons working in science, with non-governmental organisations, with suppliers, but also after holding interviews with fellow competitors, three fields of action with in total seven focal topics were defined for the strategic advancement of the company. “It is important”, says Achternbusch, “that we understand sustainability not just as the protection of our climate and environment, regardless of the topic’s justified priority, but on a more integrated scale. That is why our seven focal topics, next to climate protection and resource efficiency, also include sustainable corporate governance, innovation and cooperation, social commitment, the development of our employees and our working conditions.”
There is no lack of specific projects and action. For example, FIEGE has been building its logistics properties in line with the highest standards established by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) by using photovoltaics. These systems already produce over 30,000 megawatt hours of solar energy on an area of more than 350,000 square metres on the rooftops of its logistics centres. Moreover, FIEGE has been buying in CO2-neutal energy which results in a reduction of several thousand tonnes of CO2 annually. Electric mobility also plays a major role: FIEGE recently added the first battery-powered trucks to its fleet. In addition, the Josef Fiege Foundation supports national and sustainable organisations and projects that assume responsibility for young children and the youth who have not always had it easy in life. “In the end, it is an interplay between different factors, experts and business units”, says Achternbusch, adding that “we will only reach our goal when we work together resolutely as an entire company towards this.”
Next stop: CO2 footprint
A further important step towards climate neutrality is about to be reached, as FIEGE will soon publish its first sustainability report and generate a national carbon balance sheet that focuses on its own consumption. In 2024, emissions from, for example, forwarding partners and thus a carbon balance sheet for the entire FIEGE Group is to be added to the sustainability report. “If you know exactly where emissions come from”, Achternbusch explains, “you can specifically target this to reduce them, if not avoid them altogether – and this is the very challenge we are taking on. Because what we want is not to offset, but to sustainably reduce or prevent emissions.”