Green solutions

As a consumer of fossil fuels, transportation is at the centre of attention when it comes to protecting natural resources. However, with a variety of strategies, logistics can make its contribution to protecting the environment. At LOXX in Gelsenkirchen, the company relies on green property and efficient processes.

A solar system on the roof, four beehives in the yard – not everyone immediately thinks of a logistics property in the middle of an industrial area when they hear this. But the need to reconcile economy and ecology has been an important goal at LOXX for many years. "At the Gelsenkirchen site, the issue of environmental protection has always been a high priority," reports Wiebke Wetjen, who is responsible for environmental management at LOXX. A photovoltaic system was installed on the hall roofs in as early as 2008, and this feeds the electricity generated into the grid. Around 75 households can be supplied with solar power all year round in this way. The rainwater is not fed into the sewer system either, but into the Emscher, to rewild the river. And since spring 2021, four bee colonies with around 150,000 bees have been living on the grounds of the logistics centre and making their contribution to biodiversity.

Resource-saving processes

The logistics property is an important aspect in the company's strategic focus on protecting natural resources. On the forwarding side, optimisation of processes makes an enormously important contribution to avoiding CO2. "At the moment, alternative drives are not yet protecting our natural resources sufficiently. We are therefore primarily concentrating on avoiding the consumption of fossil fuels. We achieve this by, for example, bundling shipments and minimising empty runs," says Wiebke Wetjen. With the shuttle service, the consolidation of shipments made it possible to reduce CO2 emissions by almost 260,000 kilograms between 2014 and 2020. Consolidated shipments not only conserve resources, but also make very good economic sense, as costs are also reduced. Together with customers, efficient projects can thus be developed that bring ecological and economic aspects into harmony.

You can find this and other articles in the eXXpresso 11/2021.