One of the greatest challenges our times is climate change, and Klöckner considers it its duty to counter related risks with a suitable contribution to protecting the environment.
A significant part of our business model involves shipping products to customers by truck. In inbound logistics, goods are mainly delivered to our stockyard locations by suppliers. This places our main focus on optimizing outbound logistics by reducing the environmental impact in the form of CO2 emissions from our delivery fleet. In supplying customers with goods from around 110 branches in Europe, we pay particular attention to efficient delivery route planning.
Environmental protection is an important part of our quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE) policy. In bi-annual international working groups, logistics and quality managers from all country organizations share best practice solutions for resource efficiency in logistics. Common goals and projects are developed here and systematically advanced. The KME Management Board is informed after each meeting about the outcomes and subsequently ensures that promising projects are implemented.
All locations at our country organization Kloeckner Metals UK and our German company Becker Stahl-Service are certified to the ISO 14001 environmental standard, which also covers logistics.
Key aspects of efficient planning quality include adherence to delivery dates along with constant optimum utilization of truck capacity and optimized route planning. In 2017, we consequently launched the universal rollout of transportation planning software. With the aid of data analysis from this transportation planning software, we will go on to develop approaches for improving truck fuel consumption. These can include tactics such as avoiding empty runs and fine-tuning delivery frequencies.
Our Dutch country organization Kloeckner Metals ODS Nederland already deploys state-of-the-art on-board computers that provide continuous feedback on driving behavior, vehicle speed and engine speed, thus helping to reduce truck fuel consumption and hence CO2 emissions. In Germany, the drivers operating our fleet – currently around 30 trucks, most with Euro-6 engines – are provided with road training and regular feedback on their driving behavior. At Kloeckner Metals UK, too, a fuel-efficiency program was launched during 2017, which also encompassed a course in “safe, fuel-efficient driving” for all drivers.