As part of our efforts to introduce more environmentally-friendly logistics processes, we have optimized container loading, truck capacity utilization, and transport routes. We have built a tool to measure our Europe-wide CO2 emissions from transport, which has been in use since 2009. In addition, we began measuring emissions in our European warehouses in 2011. We are also a member of the "Green Freight Europe" initiative, which is an association of European industrial and transport companies that seeks to establish a European standard for measuring, analyzing and managing CO2 emissions from road traffic. This initiative provides a platform for verifying and reporting CO2 emissions and promotes best practice sharing and a uniform monitoring process.
In Switzerland we began using trains for our direct outbound transportation deliveries to customers’ warehouses in 2008. In collaboration with two of our customers, we have expanded this concept over the last few years to cover Germany as well. Today, about a quarter of our direct outbound transport in Germany and Switzerland is done by train. In addition to this, we have rolled out a new delivery concept for our customers. The new order target size is now "full truck", which ensures optimized container utilization and reduces the number of deliveries. Thanks to these two initiatives, we can now transport more for less: In 2013 we reduced our CO2 emissions in this area by 37% – over 1,000 tons of CO2.
A similar concept has been developed in Spain, where Beiersdorf is working together with other manufacturers to combine shipments with the same "ship-to" address. This means combined deliveries (same day, same time) are made to specific customers. Since June 2012 truck usage has dropped by 27% and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 32%.