Sustainability’ is high on the media and business agenda, having firmly rooted itself in the minds and strategies of businesses worldwide. Sustainable logistics in the supply chain can be defined simply as optimising business risk, environmental considerations, and waste cost by examining various parts of a logistics network. Businesses are increasingly focusing on being more sustainable - especially in addressing environmental concerns, but what steps can they take to simultaneously meet these requirements while also reaping economic benefits?
The UK market is leading the way in reducing emissions, being the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions by 2050. Jungheinrich echoes this commitment to fight climate change; being among the top 1% for the most sustainable companies worldwide and at the forefront of innovation within the intralogistics industry, with an ambitious determination to become the industry's first fully electric intralogistics supplier. Recently awarded the highest sustainability certificate in platinum by the EcoVadis rating agency, it is clear that Jungheinrich lives up to its corporate responsibility and is transparent in its commitment to sustainability.
Having incorporated electric drives into its materials handling equipment since it was founded in 1953, Jungheinrich UK aims to align with the country's climate goals. Holding the environmental standard ISO 14001 and with 98 percent of the trucks it produces already electrically powered – it further builds on Jungheinrich’s strong foundations in the development of innovative energy systems.
With the build of Jungheinrich’s new Northern Central Hub in the UK – designed with sustainability at its core – and the commitment that 50% of all new trucks sold will be Lithium-ion by 2023 and 100% by 2025, in addition to plans for all new company cars to be hybrid or electric, Jungheinrich UK will continue to make great leaps towards climate neutrality, aiming to be the first intralogistics company to be carbon neutral by 2035.
Providing a whole new approach to environmental issues, Jungheinrich believes that the logistics sector needs to change its thinking. So, on its sustainability-dedicated Environmentality website, it has launched a carbon calculator which allows both existing and potential customers to work out how much carbon and how many trees can be saved by moving to a Lithium-ion fleet – demonstrating real value.
Additionally, legislation changes, such as closing the loophole on red diesel taxation, are already accelerating customer acceptance of fully electric trucks. Jungheinrich UK is therefore leading the charge on the electrification revolution, driven by strong demand for its lithium-ion powered trucks and a firm belief that the market for combustion engine trucks is rapidly diminishing. By 2025, Jungheinrich predicts at least 50 per cent of UK sales will consist of fully electric trucks, with the rest hybrid models.
Lithium-ion is at the forefront of the electric transport and energy storage revolution. Businesses already using lithium-ion can continue to demonstrate and grow their environmental credentials through productivity and efficiency gains. As with all batteries, those from electric vehicles are eventually destined for recycling.
The energy storage market is growing dramatically. As we see storage becoming increasingly competitive and common, its applications and business cases will diversify which bodes well for opportunities for second-life battery systems.
The environmental footprint created by the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, in terms of metals extraction and energy needed in production, can be greatly reduced by deploying them in secondary market applications, such as wall chargers that use second-life batteries to supplement grid supply. Especially with lithium-ion it allows the opportunity to charge for a longer lifetime, with higher energy density thus increasing the lifespan of the equipment and contributing to the companies sustainability targets.
The European Commission acknowledges that batteries will play a fundamental role in delivering the EU’s 2050 net-zero ambition, which will be delivered through the Green Deal policy. Driven by transport demand as well as by industrial uses, the EU is forecast to account for 17 percent of global lithium-ion battery demand by 2030, making it the second-biggest market globally.
However, to ensure a competitive and sustainable industry, businesses should encourage reuse, improving batteries collection and recycling of materials. By ensuring that a level playing field exists across all battery products, processes, and waste batteries, the Green Deal Policy is supposed to improve the functioning of the internal battery market, promote a circular economy, and reduce environmental and social impacts at every stage of the battery life cycle.
Luuk Snijders, managing director at Jungheinrich UK comments: “Jungheinrich clearly demonstrates that we are fully focused on leading the way in the rapidly growing premium electric industry sector. Sustainability is at the centre of our business and we are absolutely committed to our goal of becoming a carbon neutral company by 2035.”
“Internal combustion trucks will soon be relegated to the pages of history. The future is electric and our ambition to become an electric-only truck producer will happen by 2030. Not only will this transition serve our customers with the most efficient trucks on the market, but we will continue to become a larger force in the fight against climate change.”
Find out more about Jungheinrich’s commitment to sustainability here: https://environmentality.co.uk/