Efficient use of resources

Energy Efficiency

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
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, and
  • Identify best practices that can be applied across global operations.

All operating locations report energy consumption and energy 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 2021.


Kuehne+Nagel's total waste recycled in 2021

Renewable Enery Strategy

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 78 per cent of the energy used in Kuehne+Nagel facilities is from renewable sources.

Kuehne+Nagel targeting a company-wide transition to 100 per cent renewable energy for our sites by 2030. The ambitious goal for renewable energy adoption will make the transition from traditional fossil fuels. While several options are available for cleaner electricity mix (i.e., on-site renewable energy generation, green tariffs, etc.), Kuehne+Nagel has chosen the path of power purchase agreement (PPA) and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).


of the energy used in Kuehne+Nagel facilities is from renewable sources.

Water and Conservation

Reducing water consumption and improving water quality are important elements of Kuehne+Nagel’s environmental programme. As a result, we continue to actively manage and work towards reducing our corporate water footprint. Kuehne+Nagel’s water management provides a global framework including both general and specific elements for water management within the company. The standard requires Kuehne+Nagel operations to manage their water resources by understanding water consumption, comply with regulatory requirements, reuse water where possible, and report water usage. Water resources include water intake, effluent water discharge, and rainwater. Most of the water used in Kuehne+Nagel is for domestic use such as cleaning, kitchens and bathrooms, as well as washing of vehicles.

Setting Water Performance Goals and Evaluating Progress
All Kuehne+Nagel sites currently track and report water usage. Conservation efforts indicate a 13 per cent reduction in total water consumption globally in 2021 compared to 2019. Water conservation efforts are achieved through recycling, reuse and improvements to our buildings and operating processes. The majority of our water intensive operations are located in the United States and Europe in areas that are not subject to water stress or water scarcity. However, they also contribute significantly to our conservation efforts.

Outlook 2030
We know the road to a zero emissions future is long and hard and that we need to work collaboratively to achieve this common goal. We have set science based targets (SBTi), aligned with the Paris agreement and we are on a journey to decarbonise our sites and assets with renewable energies, new transport vehicles and low carbon fuels. We support our customers with their decarbonisation journey with data-driven insights, design and optimisation of supply chains; alternative transport modes, routes and carrier options; and, low carbon fuels.  

We work in close collaboration with our suppliers, industry bodies and our echo system to accelerate the introduction of new clean fuels and technologies. We also support a broader decarbonisation effort outside our value chain by investing in projects around the world that protect and renew our planet, taking CO2 out of the atmosphere.


reduction in total water consumption globally in 2021 compared to 2019