When it comes to shipping, Rhenus is also focusing on environmentally friendly options. The joint venture Rhenus-Arkon-Shipinvest has produced five coasters as part of the new Hanse Eco fleet, whose construction saves around 20 per cent in terms of fuel consumption compared to conventional ships and thus produces fewer emissions. In the airfreight sector, the Rhenus Group has developed RHEGREEN – the world’s first CO2 saving programme. This enables customers to find the most environmentally friendly offer for their route at no extra charge and thus save up to 40 per cent of emissions. In addition, Rhenus has committed to neutralising the CO2 emissions of its LCL transports by 2030 in order to move closer to the goal of climate-neutral logistics.
Sustainability is also the guiding principle behind the construction of another logistics warehouse, which is scheduled to open in 2023 at the Port of Rhine-Lippe in Wesel. Rhenus Warehousing Solutions will be the sole tenant of the multiuser facility, which has a geothermal energy supply. The building will be gently integrated into its surroundings in cooperation with the regionally active nature conservation association and is expected to receive BREEAM certification in the future. The Rhenus Warehouse in Tilburg, the Netherlands, one of the most sustainable industrial buildings in Europe, which already opened in 2019, was also awarded this certification – with the grade “Outstanding”.
The Rhenus Group has also made a very practical commitment to sustainability in the past. In December 2020, instead of sending gifts to its customers and partners, the logistics service provider planted more than 1,700 trees together with its project partner Treedom as part of a Christmas gift campaign. The campaign continued on, and so far Rhenus has planted a total of some 2,500 trees in six different countries and thus achieved savings of more than 266 tonnes of CO2.
The Rhenus Group designs its diverse measures for resource-saving logistics in line with the global sustainability goals which were introduced by the United Nations in 2015 and are intended to ensure sustainable development at an economic, ecological and social level. In particular, Rhenus pursues a course of providing decent work and consequent economic growth, health and well-being for the entire world population, in addition to expanding industry, innovation and infrastructure and taking appropriate action for climate protection. An overview of these so-called sustainable development goals shows the individual steps with which the Rhenus Group contributes to advancing sustainability in the logistics industry.
Further information about sustainable logistics solutions within the Rhenus Group can be found here.