Fostering sustainability in the industry

Caring for water consumption and waste reduction

Water and conservation  GRI 303–1; GRI 303–2; GRI 303–4

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 towards 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, complying with regulatory requirements, reusing water where possible, and reporting 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.

Setting water performance goals and evaluating progress

All Kuehne+Nagel sites currently track and report water usage. Conservation efforts indicate 8 per cent reduction in total water consumption globally in 2020 compared to 2019. Water conservation efforts are 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. (SDG 6)

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.

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 management training. Corporate QSHE globally administers the waste training for the coordinators. Compliance with all Kuehne+Nagel facili-ties and other regulated waste requirements are evaluated by way of the internal quality audit tool.

Setting waste goals and evaluating progress

Kuehne+Nagel has been setting total waste reduction goals since 2010. Using 2019 as a base year, the organisation set a 2030 target to decrease total waste to landfill to zero. For example, Kuehne+Nagel’s total waste that was recycled in 2020 reached 65 per cent. Specific goal period achievements are highlighted in the Performance data overview (numbers in 000’ tons). Total waste is tracked and reported globally by disposal types: waste to landfill, waste recycled and waste recovered. (SDG 15)

The overall topic of waste and recycling is identified as a material topic and significant in terms of economic, environmental and social impacts. See also the material matrix in this report.


Alternative innovation/technology to reduce waste and to recycle in Operations

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