Sustainable logistics on the last mile

The prudent use of natural resources is all part of our responsibility. We unite sustainability and economic efficiency by testing innovative concepts and technologies – for sustainable logistics of heavy bulk goods.
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Climate-friendly action

We are setting ourselves ambitious milestones on the road to climate neutrality. We want to reduce our CO2 footprint by two thirds by 2025. In order to achieve this, we are modernising our facilities, increasing the share of alternative drive systems in the fleet mix and developing low-emission logistics concepts for the last mile.

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Ronny Sassen | Managing Director of Rhenus Home Delivery
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Going greener on the road

Read the interview with Managing Director Ronny Sassen and Sustainability Manager Sören Lauenstein about the measures Rhenus is taking in the Home Delivery market segment to achieve its goal of climate neutrality and learn more about our projects and investments.
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CO2 consumption always in view

Shopfloor boards in our offices provide a round-the-clock display of our sustainability performance. All employees can transparently read our current CO2 consumption figures on the information boards.

 

Our goal: CO2 neutrality along the value chain

Building a liveable future together

As a logistics service provider on the last mile, we aim for climate-friendly delivery and sustainable solutions. We’ll show you how we are promoting the use of renewable energies. For a future worth living. #greenlogistics

Our path to more sustainability

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Slash Sustainability is not a sprint, but a marathon: click on the icons in the graphic to learn more about the measures we have already taken.
Patrick Renziehausen | Managing Director of Rhenus Home Delivery
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Pillars of sustainability

Sustainability is based on three principles that are of equal importance to us and are firmly embedded in the Rhenus corporate principles.

Ecological

Decarbonisation by 2045

 

Climate neutrality is not a matter of course and demands the interaction of many individual measures. With combined efforts, we measurably improve the CO2 balance at our locations. In addition, we are making our fleet more sustainable with alternative drive systems. Kilometre by kilometre.

 

    Economic

    Investing in the future

     

    We are convinced: Economic success is consistent with sustainable action. The way we achieve both is through innovation and investment in new technologies, as well as through process optimisation, infrastructure and operating resources.

     

      Social

      Strong together

       

      Our committed members of staff are the foundation of our success. We ensure that our employees are well trained and supported, that they are given the opportunity to contribute their ideas and that they continue to develop their skills.

       

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        Decarbonisation by 2045

         

        Climate neutrality is not a matter of course and demands the interaction of many individual measures. With combined efforts, we measurably improve the CO2 balance at our locations. In addition, we are making our fleet more sustainable with alternative drive systems. Kilometre by kilometre.

         

          Investing in the future

           

          We are convinced: Economic success is consistent with sustainable action. The way we achieve both is through innovation and investment in new technologies, as well as through process optimisation, infrastructure and operating resources.

           

            Strong together

             

            Our committed members of staff are the foundation of our success. We ensure that our employees are well trained and supported, that they are given the opportunity to contribute their ideas and that they continue to develop their skills.

             

              Career

              Ecological footprint

              By calculating our own CO2 footprint, we aim to steadily reduce it. Moreover, we can also calculate the expected COemissions of our deliveries for our clients and customers in advance. This is based on vehicle planning, route, drive type and payload. The real value can then be tracked on the day of delivery.

              Our goal is to avoid emissions. We also offer recipients the opportunity to offset their emissions with the non-profit climate protection foundation MyClimate.

              INNOVATIVE CONCEPTS

              Not only our vehicle fleet and our locations are becoming more sustainable. We also review our distribution concepts on a regular basis and develop ecologically sound alternatives. In doing so, we not only live up to our claim of operational excellence, but also take into account the changing living and shopping habits of our customers.

              Greater sustainability with micro-depots for general cargo: read our white paper to find out more about the new distribution system for heavy bulk shipments on the last mile, which Rhenus tested in a one-year field trial in Berlin.

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              Environmentally friendly sites

              Energy-saving LED lighting, green electricity, e-charging points for cars as well as savings in water consumption are already standard at many of our home delivery locations. In the case of renovations and new buildings, we examine which other ecological measures we can implement. These include, for example, photovoltaic systems with which we generate solar electricity.

              GREEN PACKAGING SOLUTIONS

              Packaging waste is almost always produced when goods are delivered. We strive for reusable solutions in order to avoid this. Our latest packaging artist is the so-called B-Box – a reusable packaging solution for bicycles made of recyclable plastic. The B-Box not only reduces disposable packaging, but also increases transport quality and loading volume. We are currently testing other packaging systems, e.g. for refrigerators and washing machines.

              Meet vehicles from our fleet

              E-trucks

              With more electric mobility in our fleet mix, we are steadily approaching the goal of climate neutrality by 2045. We have been regularly deploying test vehicles with alternative drive systems from various manufacturers for many years. In 2022 alone, we have ordered around 60 new e-trucks.

              Deployment locations:

              • Hoppegarten
              • Neufahrn
              • Ginsheim-Gustavsburg
              • Düsseldorf
              • Saarbrücken
              • Hanover
              • Hockenheim
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              Slash The further expansion of our e-fleet is a crucial step towards decarbonisation. We are also deploying e-trucks for deliveries in Neufahrn. In comparison with conventional vehicles, e-trucks are extremely quiet, environmentally friendly and offer us the opportunity to expand our product portfolio.
              Erol Bremer | Branch Manager of Rhenus Home Delivery in Neufahrn

              E-cargo bikes

              Smart delivery solutions are important to us. Especially in busy city centres, small vehicles are a clear advantage. That’s why our subsidiary also uses e-cargo bikes under its Deliver it brand for transporting smaller home and decor items. Not only do e-bikes save space, they are also quiet and climate neutral. Up to 200 kilograms of goods can be moved on two cubic metres of cargo space.

              Place of operation:

              • Berlin
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              Stephan Klabe | E-bike rider in Berlin

              CNG trucks

              CNG (compressed natural gas) made from natural gas and biomethane is not only an economical fuel, but also more climate friendly compared to diesel vehicles. Our CNG vehicles are used as a bridging technology for transporting goods to our customers and as a transport vehicle for fitters.

              Deployment locations:

              • Hanover
              • Ginsheim-Gustavsburg
              • Neufahrn
              • Hoppegarten
              Slash We enjoy being on the road with our CNG vehicles. With our CNG trucks, we emit fewer greenhouse gases than we do with diesel. The noise pollution is also reduced by half.
              Oswin Wachinger and Michaela Wachinger | Delivery team in Neufahrn

              Hydrogen trucks

              In addition to electric mobility, the hydrogen fuel cell also holds the promise of significantly reducing the CO2 footprint. We are currently closely communicating with the manufacturers of hydrogen vehicles in order to soon be able to include them in our fleet.

              Planned locations:

              • Neufahrn
              • Niederaula
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              Sören Lauenstein | Head of Sustainability at Rhenus Home Delivery

              NETWORK

              • Testing sustainable logistics concepts
              • Development of new workflows and a shipment life cycle
              • Participation in numerous field trials

              FLEET MIX

              • Orders for around 60 e-trucks in 2022
              • Extensive investments in sustainable fleet conversion
              • Focus on alternative drive systems, including e-trucks, e-cargo bikes and, in the future, hydrogen

              WAREHOUSING

              • Use of green electricity at German locations
              • Use of LED lighting
              • Planning photovoltaic systems
              • Construction of e-charging stations for trucks and cars
              • Water treatment
              • Auditing of all locations in Germany in accordance with ISO 50001

              Find out more in our latest sustainability news

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