Fostering sustainability in the industry

Exploring renewable energies and energy efficiency

Energy efficiency  GRI 302–1

At Kuehne+Nagel, energy management is global, comprehensive, and extends beyond energy efficiency efforts in warehouses and buildings. It is a team effort guided by the global environmental policy. Energy management responsibilities are coordinated by the corporate energy team. The team involves personnel from Corporate Procurement, QSHE and Facility Management. Each department provides cross-functional contributions, ensuring that

  • energy efficient technology is in use,
  • opportunities are identified in the design process,
  • renewable energy opportunities are realised and financed, and,
  • data is tracked routinely and consistently by facilities.

Evaluating energy performance progress  GRI 305–2; GRI 305–5

Kuehne+Nagel collects and analyses data on energy consumption and energy efficiency project metrics to

  • track progress toward corporate energy and carbon emissions goals,
  • identify opportunities for improvement,
  • benchmark against past performance,
  • identify best practices that can be applied across global operations.

All operating locations report energy consumption and costs on the Global Facility Carbon Calculator monthly. Data is analysed quarterly at each facility, business and functional unit, and at the corporate level. Every six months, the data is reported to Kuehne+Nagel Management. Important energy reductions were achieved in 2020 and can be seen in the section titled “Performance data”. (SDG 7)

Investing in renewable energy

Kuehne+Nagel is investing and installing on-site renewable energy at its own operations and continues to expand and collaborate with external partnerships. In an attempt to be more precise, Kuehne+Nagel this year considers electricity consumption in the definition of renewable energy as per the GHG Protocol while excluding other energy sources such as Natural Gas and LPG. Therefore currently 21 per cent of the energy used in Kuehne+Nagel facilities is from renewable sources. The following examples highlight our sustained effort in the section titled “Performance data”.


Alternative innovation/technology for energy efficiency and renewable energy in Operations

Business cases

Implementing the LED roadmap  (SDGs 7, 9, 12)

Kuehne+Nagel continues to implement the LED roadmap in its facilities, including warehouses and offices. The main focus is to upgrade the existing lighting systems in our facilities. Implementing the LED roadmap requires different approaches, depending on whether the facilities are owned or leased. The company has taken the initiative to implement LED lighting by devising a specific roll-out process in each country. (SDGs 7, 9, 12.6, 12.7)  Target LED footprint for 2020 was 4,500,000 sqm and was overachieved by roughly 7 per cent (4,800,000 sqm).




*   Global Footprint and LED Footprint are moving targets (source Aug 20)   
**  Total surface slightly decreased YoY. Target is to achieve 70% LED coverage of total Portfolio at December 2021

Photovoltaics (PV) Installations

sqm equipped with PV systems



of current footprint (8,500,000 sqm)

KWp** installed energy capacity


*   Dubai and Turkey ongoing projects – live end of 2020    
** KWp: KW “peak” – maximum energy installed capacity